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Unseasonably hot valley weather in the upper 90’s and triple digits have prompted avid anglers to get out of the heat and migrate to the coast for some salmon action. Reports this week say that the coho bite is “incredibly good” (Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle) out of Winchester bay and that there was a “good” Chinook bite earlier this week at the Rogue bay (Jim from Rogue Outdoor store).


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. 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. As of July 1, anglers may keep one cabezon (minimum length of 16 inches) as part of their 5 fish general marine fish daily bag limit.

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. Winds have been a big factor as to being able to get out to halibut grounds should improve this weekend. When conditions are good, halibut are being caught in the 15-25 pound range with an occasional fish into the 40’s and 50’s. It’s best to go early before the wind picks up and gets ugly.

For the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season, there is still 80% of the quota remaining.


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

Tony’s latest fishing update:

Tony said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is awesome!

Striper fishing on the Coquille is still fair above Rocky Point but is winding down.

Tony is sponsoring the Annual Crab Derby out of Bandon so check every crab you get, it could be worth some cash. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

Tenmile Lakes– The lake water temperatures has increased to lower 70s where most largemouth bass have moved to their summer locations. Some bass are hitting topwater baits in the mornings and evenings.

Surf perch- Perch fishing is has slowed but can still produce 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.

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. Best fishing bet is to try for Sea-run Cutthroat trout.

UMPQUA RIVER System – The main Umpqua is done on shad and will switch over to the Coquille. Shad darts (jigs) and flicker spinner spoons are the ticket for great catching on light outfits. Most shad are used for crab bait that is excellent next to tuna carcasses. Best bet here is to try some surf perch fishing towards the mouth at Winchester Bay!

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Oregon Fishing Report - SW Oregon

Out of Brookings

Finally the ocean winds out of Brookings has calmed down enough to get to the halibut holes and spurred on a decent Chinook and coho bite this week. Upcoming marine forecast looks promising out of Bookings-Harbor and the Rogue Bay (that’s been decent). Salmon up towards Coos Bay up through Winchester Bay is still excellent.

If you want to target halibut, then now is the time since there’s quite a bit of quota left.

Summer steelhead on the middle to upper Rogue are scattered but can be had with spinners and worms. The Rogue River River Hatchery Hole located just downstream of the Cole Rivers Hatchery Dam is now open for angling. Rogue River above the dam towards Foster Creek is a good bet to get out of the heat but might be smoky. Valley smoke this week has been bad so check conditions over at the lakes and upper Rogue system first. Best bet to beat the heat and smoke is head to the coast!

Grants Pass Pro-guide Troy Whitaker of Troy’s Guide Service (541-761-0015) reports the salmon angling on the Rogue Bay has seen a nice bite mid week with a mix of mostly Chinook and some jacks and Summer Steelhead mixed in. Here’s a nice one caught on Wednesday.

Troy said that the anchovy baits are a bit “fat” so they’re prone to blowing out the belly section so he’s been curing them in Pautzke fire brine in blue and green to toughen them up and will last longer while providing some scent.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082 reports that wind issues improved the last couple of days and the ocean should be nice through this weekend…..”finally”. Salmon (both coho and especially Chinook) catches have picked up with “quick limits” of Kings up to 30 lbs were seen Tuesday this week. He’s fishing 4 miles out in around 220 feet of water trolling anchovy around 20′-60′ down. An expected calm ocean is also lending his fishing fleet to target halibut out in 200 feet where the bite has also been good along with Petrole Sole.

Andy also said that the Rogue Bay had been good through last weekend but the last couple of days but has slowed down so far.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 said that coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. The valley heat this week has made for morning fog and temps into the mid 50’s and a flatter ocean. It’s expected to be similar into Sunday. Striper fishing on the Coquille is still fair above Rocky Point but is winding down.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish. Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers fishing above the head of tide are restricted to using artificial lures and flies. Water temperatures are already in the mid-70s in the upper tidewater.

Stream flows are dropping and temperatures rising in the smaller streams, so anglers should take care in handling trout to be released. Trout anglers are reporting decent catches of cutthroat trout, especially in river sections that are little harder to get to.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing has improved in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Umpqua River System- There are bass in most stretches of the river system- small mouth angling is fantastic now and Stripper angling on the lower main Umpqua is about over. Some Chinook have been caught as more pressure in the lower river has increased.

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Wildfire smoke and hot temperatures in the valley are enticing anglers to either head to the coast for some Coho and Chinook fishing or up to the higher lakes. Both are good bets depending on which way the wind is blowing now. This weekend looks to have some favorable wind conditions to get on the ocean and cool cleaner air.

Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua are producing some good crab catches and 20+ pound Chinook respectively. The Rogue Bay is also having some nice catching days. Further upriver in the middle to upper Rogue, salmon anglers who are battling the heat and smoke are catching a few Chinook up by Gold Hill in the deep holes. Summer Steelhead are present for spinner tossers in “pocket water” but hasn’t been great. Some of the higher elevation lakes are providing nice catches as well as bass in the lower lakes and ponds.

Grants Pass Pro-guide Troy Whitaker of Guide Service (541-761-0015) reports the salmon angling on the Rogue Bay has seen a nice bite mid-week with a mix of mostly Chinook and some jacks and Summer Steelhead mixed in.

Looks like the Southern Oregon coast might get a wind reprieve this weekend allowing boat anglers to get out on the ocean and try for bottom fish and halibut along with salmon fishing (even though salmon out of Brookings Harbor has been slow).

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/ Winchester Bay area.

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. 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. As of July 1, anglers may keep one cabezon (minimum length of 16 inches) as part of their 5 fish general marine fish daily bag limit.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. The valley heat this week has made for morning fog and temps into the mid 50’s and a flatter ocean. It’s expected to be similar into Sunday.

Striper fishing on the Coquille is still fair above Rocky Point but is winding down.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish.

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 has slowed but can still produce in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua and Coquille. Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty and dropping down bait.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN– Striper fishing has improved in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass.

Umpqua River System- There are bass in most stretches of the river system- smallmouth angling is fantastic now and Stripper angling on the lower main Umpqua is about over. Some Chinook have been caught as more pressure in the lower river has increased.

Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store – Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 shared, salmon fishing in the Rogue Bay has been going strong last week into this Tuesday where the barometer dipped and slowed the bite. He expects it to pick up any day. Fish into the 30’s were no surprise and Summer Steelhead and 1/2 pounders have been taken up towards Huntly Park.

Middle Rogue –Summer Steelhead are scattered throughout the river as are a few Chinook that have “squeezed” their way up through extreme low water.

UMPQUA RIVER System– Surf perch fishing in Winchester Bay is fair at best. Trollers in the lower reaches of tide water are catching some nice Chinook in the 20+ pound range lately (according to Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle). Bass fishing throughout the Umpqua basin is great.

North Umpqua River, tributaries, closed to all angling.
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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Windy and near gale marine forecast for most of the Southern coast is expected through the weekend. Charters out of Bookings have been cancelled at least through Saturday. The Rogue Bay is at its peak now with a good steady bite from last weekend but has tapered down since the winds have picked up mid-week. Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua are still getting some good crab catches and 20+ pound Chinook from the bay bar up through tidewater. The middle to upper Rogue has seen a little more Summer Steelhead action, but valley smoke has deterred many from recreating on the river.

It’s going to be gale force winds through Saturday at least, so ocean opportunities for bottom fish, halibut, tuna or salmon is off the table. Last Thursday until this Tuesday, boats were getting halibut, bottom fish and even tuna within 20 miles, but all of that’s changed until at least early next week.

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/ Winchester bay area. Winds have been a big factor so far, but this weekend looks very promising if fog doesn’t keep you off the ocean. When conditions are good, halibut are being caught in the 15-25 pound range with an occasional fish into the 40’s and 50’s. It’s best to go early before the wind picks up and gets ugly.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. The valley heat this week has made for morning fog and temps into the mid 50’s and a flatter ocean. It’s expected to be similar into Sunday.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay.

Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary. The majority of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is in late August and September.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers fishing above the head of tide are restricted to using artificial lures and flies. Water temperatures are already in the mid-70s in the upper tidewater. 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 has slowed but can still produce in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua and Coquille. Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty and dropping down bait.

Salmon- Chinook and Coho is on. Fishing out in around 100′-150′ deep out from the river mouths and troll plug cut herring behind a flasher 10-15 feet down, you’ll be in the target zone.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing has improved in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Rogue Bay Chinook fishing has been steady and seems to be about at it’s peak. There has been “excellent quality” with 20 to 30 pounders common.

UMPQUA RIVER System– Surf perch fishing in Winchester bay is fair at best. Trollers in the lower reaches of tide water are catching some nice Chinook in the 20+ pound range lately (according to Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle).

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SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Another windy marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend. The Rogue Bay bite has been quite good with catches of Chinook in the 20+ pound range. Lots of jacks as well (that’s a good thing). Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua up past Reedsport are still getting some 20+ pound Chinook. The middle Rogue has seen some Salmon action at the deep sections like Gold Hill, Finley Bend and through the canyons. Wildfire smoke has been bad from day to day, but avid fishermen are getting Chinook and Summer Steelhead. I’m getting anxious for Fall time half pounder season and hoping the Coho will be in better numbers as well.

Brookings anglers got out on the ocean last Sunday for a few days this week. It’s supposed to be windy and best chances to target the ocean catches will be in the mornings before the afternoon tide change/ winds. Rogue Bay will be a best bet for Chinook.

Winchester bay down to Coos bay might be worth while since it will be the last bit of coho action as it will close Saturday the 28th but will remain open for Chinook. Crabbing out of there has also been good but soft shells are numerous and encouraged to throw back.

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. 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. As of July 1, anglers may keep one cabezon (minimum length of 16 inches) as part of their 5 fish general marine fish daily bag limit.

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/ Winchester bay area. Winds have been a big factor so far, but this weekend looks very promising if fog doesn’t keep you off the ocean. When conditions are good, halibut are being caught in the 15-25 pound range with an occasional fish into the 40’s and 50’s. It’s best to go early before the wind picks up and gets ugly.

Tony (from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875) said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. Crabbing of the pier and out in the ocean from Bandon harbor has been “off the hook” great! Bottom fish have been on the bite as well and many of the black rock fish are stuffed with feeder fish. Wind might be a factor this weekend so check or call before making plans.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish.

Avid Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following bait fish into the Coos estuary. The main run of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is starting to build up and will go through September.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing continues in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Umpqua River System- There are bass in most stretches of the river system- small mouth angling is fantastic now and Stripper angling on the lower main Umpqua is about over. More and more nice sized Chinook in the 20-30 pounds have been caught as more pressure in the lower river has increased.

Surf perch fishing in Winchester bay is fair at best. Trollers in the lower reaches of tide water are catching some nice Chinook in the 20+ pound range lately (according to Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle). This past week has seen a greater influx of fish in the river with some nice catches. With cooling temps, salmon may start making their way upriver.

Rogue Bay Chinook fishing has been good most days as we’re in peak season. There has been “excellent quality” with 20 to 30 pounders common. Winds slowed down the action Wednesday and expects it to be rather slow as long as the bar is rough. Give it till early to mid next week. Summer Steelhead and 1/2 pounders have been taken up towards Huntley Park and bank anglers have having success around Indian Creek.


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Windy and near gale marine forecast for most of the Southern coast is expected through the weekend. Charters out of Bookings have been cancelled at least through Saturday. The Rogue Bay is at its peak now with a good steady bite from last weekend but has tapered down since the winds have picked up mid-week. Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua are still getting some good crab catches and 20+ pound Chinook from the bay bar up through tidewater. The middle to upper Rogue has seen a little more Summer Steelhead action, but valley smoke has deterred many from recreating on the river.

It’s going to be gale force winds through Saturday at least, so ocean opportunities for bottom fish, halibut, tuna or salmon is off the table. Last Thursday until this Tuesday, boats were getting halibut, bottom fish and even tuna within 20 miles, but all of that’s changed until at least early next week.

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/ Winchester bay area. Winds have been a big factor so far, but this weekend looks very promising if fog doesn’t keep you off the ocean. When conditions are good, halibut are being caught in the 15-25 pound range with an occasional fish into the 40’s and 50’s. It’s best to go early before the wind picks up and gets ugly.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. The valley heat this week has made for morning fog and temps into the mid 50’s and a flatter ocean. It’s expected to be similar into Sunday.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay.

Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary. The majority of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is in late August and September.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers fishing above the head of tide are restricted to using artificial lures and flies. Water temperatures are already in the mid-70s in the upper tidewater. 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 has slowed but can still produce in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua and Coquille. Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty and dropping down bait.

Salmon- Chinook and Coho is on. Fishing out in around 100′-150′ deep out from the river mouths and troll plug cut herring behind a flasher 10-15 feet down, you’ll be in the target zone.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing has improved in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Rogue Bay Chinook fishing has been steady and seems to be about at it’s peak. There has been “excellent quality” with 20 to 30 pounders common.

UMPQUA RIVER System– Surf perch fishing in Winchester bay is fair at best. Trollers in the lower reaches of tide water are catching some nice Chinook in the 20+ pound range lately (according to Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle).

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Rain is coming and will get fish moving.


Summer Steelhead and Half pounders are scattered in the lower Rogue and up through Grants Pass and up through Gold Hill area. Dropped river flow from last week's 1400 cfs is now down to 816 cfs as of today. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend with some totals over an inch on the coast and hopefully significant amounts to help with the numerous wildfires. The rain at the coast is expected to move the bay hovering fish upriver to spawning grounds. I suspect that the next couple of weeks should be good for half pounder fishing. A blustery marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be off the agenda. Non selective coho season opened back up September 10th with both Chinook and coho catches were excellent last weekend mostly towards Coos Bay and North. My best bet would be to try out your rain gear (in prep for winter steelhead season) and try some river fishing on the Rogue anywhere from the bay on up through Gold Hill.


Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082, suggests a window of opportunity Labor Day into this week has led to excellent halibut catches and bottom fish The weekend at least through Saturday looks good for getting out and targeting halibut, bottom fish, or salmon. The Rogue Bay is still producing Chinook with lots of jacks in the mix. Half pounders are between Lobster Creek and Agness and will be moving upriver.


Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.


The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin. There have been a few wild coho in the estuary around the airport and in Marshfield Channel.


Diamond Lake-Colder temps and lower lake level is making trout catches more challenging. Fly fishers seem to be doing slightly better and will be mostly in mid-morning or late evening.


COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary.


On the upper Rogue, anglers are catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. It’s been a pretty good august for steelhead anglers and should only improve through September.


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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Fish scattered through rivers-Bay action slowed

Finally, some much needed rain came last Saturday with well over an inch on the coast and close to it inland which “sweetened” up the rivers and increased flows slightly to get fish moving to their spawning grounds. An influx of half pounders and summer steelhead have been noticed by anglers in the Rogue River to Hog Creek holes. The Rogue has been dropping since Sunday and is now back to pre-rain level around 900 cfs and 1 ntu. A decent marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be on again for halibut, salmon, and rock fish. Coho in the Coos river basin has improved to good this week.

A decent upcoming weekend is forecast for getting out on the ocean to catch a variety of sport fish- salmon, halibut, rockfish can all be had. Check out the new regs on halibut below.

Ocean Chinook salmon fishing remains open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open from Sept. 17 through the earlier of Sept 30 or attaining the quota. As of Sept. 12, there is 69 percent of the quota remaining.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082 reports that last weekend rains got fish on the move for both the Chetco estuary and Rogue Bay therefore decreased success earlier in the week was the norm. The ocean has been a bit rough but is looking more promising for the weekend and expects boats to get out and catch some halibut and nice sized ling cod.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 provided his latest fishing update:

Crabbing is going great with lots of hard shells and limits!

Big swells have kept the smaller boats off the ocean in Bandon, but the larger ones that do get out are targeting nearshore halibut, bottom fish to a decent success according to Tony. Conditions are looking better for this weekend.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN:

Good numbers of coho in the bay and lower stretches of the river have been reported this week. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year.

The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin. There has been increased numbers of wild coho in the estuary around the airport and in Marshfield Channel.Diamond Lake-Colder temps and lower lake level is making trout catches more challenging. Rain in the forecast is expected to improve the bite.

CHETCO RIVER: Rain from last weekend helped river flow but just barely. Some boat anglers working the green can into the harbor have caught a few salmon. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply including the bobber rule. The ocean-terminal ‘bubble’ fishery will not be open this year.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 reports the Rogue Bay has slowed dramatically after the rain event last weekend which Jim said was to be expected. Fish lingering in and out of the bay moved upriver, but he expects it’s not over yet!

Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle & Winchester Bay Charters 541-271-2010 reports that both the river and ocean salmon bite have “slowed at best” but is expected to improve now that the river flows are more consistent, and all the grass and debris has flushed out. Improving ocean conditions for the weekend look promising.

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It’s starting to look and feel like Fall time! Half pounders and summer steelhead are present throughout the Rogue River as well as some Fall Chinook below Hog Creek. The river has raised slightly 1450 cfs as of today and has cooled down to the low 50’s. The Rogue Bay is still producing Chinook along with coho although the bite has slowed but still worth a try since ocean probability is low for the weekend. The Coos River has also been picking up. There’s ample opportunity for salmon and steelhead throughout the Rogue and coastal rivers. Some of the lakes and ponds are still fishable and one can try for some left over trout and some panfish action.

The past week’s rain and storm conditions kept most boats off the ocean that wanted to target tuna, halibut and rock fish. This weekend doesn’t look so good either. September which normally is low wind month has not been the norm so far…. at least it’s keeping the halibut quota for being met. Conditions for any of the south coast port will need to be checked on a day-to-day basis.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 provides a latest fishing update:

Crabbing was off a couple of days after the recent rain but every day is getting better with lots of hard shells and limits!

Tony heard that the Coos River has been producing some jacks and a fair number of coho and the Chinook catches have remained slow.

Tony also mentions that the Port of Bandon along with the Coquille Indian tribe are combining efforts to increase Chinook returns by implementing a seining project at Ferry Creek to capture Chinook and transfer up river. Last week there was 8 Chinook netted and relocated.

Stripper fishing in the lower stretches of the Coquille continue to bring catches to those wanting to target them. Salmon fishing is closed to the entire river due to low returning numbers.

Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish.

Chinook catches continued spotty in the Coos Basin with most salmon anglers working the Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Salmon anglers fishing near Empire and the airport have been catching coho. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year. The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin.

CHETCO RIVER: Rain from last week stirred up a little action, but until major rain get the river up and moving, fish are holding up outside the mouth. Some boat anglers working the green can into the harbor have caught a few salmon trolling anchovy. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply including the bobber rule. The ocean-terminal ‘bubble’ fishery will not be open this year.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

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– Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 reports: the Rogue Bay has slowed dramatically after the last rain but is optimistic that the (proverbial) Fat Lady might just be warming up and not sung yet. Boat action is down to under 50 working the bay area. Fish lingering in and out of the bay moved upriver but some new fish and some late bigger fish is what he expects anytime.

Steelhead fishing for both summer and half pounders are in full swing throughout the middle river. Flows from last weekend’s rain bumped slightly and helped move fish around. Flow is back to around 1250 cfs. Bank anglers targeting the pocket water by large boulders.

Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead has improved with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish after the rain last weekend. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month. Especially with the extremely low flows, boat anglers are encouraged to fish below Shady Cove, and preferably Dodge Bridge as drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in some shallow riffles.

UMPQUA RIVER System– The main is restricted to one wild adult Chinook per day and five per year. There is no retention of wild coho in the Umpqua this year. Bass fishing throughout the Umpqua basin is great.

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Well, the Rogue Bay is pretty much a wrap now. Only a few local die hards are working it in hopes of catching one of those late coming 5-year-old hawgs people talk about… I hope so! The main salmon action has been in the Chetco Estuary (salmon is closed in the ocean) since it got some much-needed rain to get some nice Chinook nosing around. This river fishery will go on till December depending on water level. Summer steelhead are throughout the Rogue River along with half pounders and an occasional Chinook is still being caught below Hog Creek (more for the catch then for the table). Coho should be scattered around the Rogue as well as 1 has been counted at the hatchery so far and lots have been reported on the lower Rogue. Nice Fall weather is also a good time to take the kids out to target bass and panfish at the local small lakes and ponds too.

A decent marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be on again for halibut, and rock fish. Catches out of Brookings this week have been excellent for rockfish as the ocean finally calmed down.

Conditions for this weekend looks promising as well to get out and target halibut, ling cod, and rock fish as well as working the Chetco Estuary with 50+ boats. Be patient and use common sense as everybody from the Rogue Bay is now fishing the Chetco. Trolling anchovy or herring is the norm here. Until significant rain raises the river level up, it’s going to be estuary fighter fishing.

Chinook fishing continues to be slow with most of the anglers are fishing Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Fishing for coho salmon has been very good the past two weeks for anglers fishing near Empire and the airport. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year. The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin.

Diamond Lake-Colder temps and lower lake level is making trout catches more challenging. Fly fishers seem to be doing slightly better and will be mostly in mid-morning or late evening. Rain in the forecast is expected to improve the bite.

CHETCO RIVER: The estuary has been hectic with boat and bank anglers lately as the recent 10 days have produced some nice catches.

OQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Middle Rogue– Steelhead fishing has picked up all throughout the river now as it is prime time for Summer Steelhead. As of last week, 1424 Summer Steelhead has been counted at the Cole Rivers Hatchery. Fall river flow is around 1100 and temperature in the low 50’s.

Upper Rogue- Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead has improved with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish after the rain last weekend. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month. Especially with the extremely low flows, boat anglers are encouraged to fish below Shady Cove, and preferably Dodge Bridge as drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in some shallow riffles.

Rogue River, above Lost Creek Reservoir – There is excellent public access throughout The Rogue and tributaries above Lost Creek Reservoir remain open year-round, with a retention limit of 5 trout. Stocked trout in this reach are not fin-clipped.Check out Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!

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Mid-Rogue producing summer steelhead; Chetco was hot, now it’s not
The Rogue Bay which had a pretty good year is done now. The Chetco Estuary has seen a nice bite last week with a 46 pounder caught. Summer steelhead are scattered throughout the Rogue River although the half pounders have not been abundant yet....I'm still waiting! Hopefully them along with Coho should be coming anytime and any rain should only improve the action. The marine forecast is looking to be decent for those boaters wanting to target some bottom fish and halibut. Nice Fall weather is also a good time to take the kids out to target bass and panfish at the local small lakes and ponds too. Crabbing in the bays has also been good along with clamming on minus tides.

I finally got out last Sunday with my wife Dawn and fishing partner Tess to "wet a line" on a beautiful Fall day at my favorite (slightly secret) hole on the Rogue. The company was great, the fishing fair, the catching poor, and the beer was cold and tasty!

Marine Forecast:

Another decent upcoming weekend is forecast for getting out on the ocean to catch halibut and rockfish. The ocean has been quite rocky with large swells and some wind chop the past few days, but earlier limits of some nice bottom fish and large Ling cod were had. Also, there's still plenty of quota for halibut left- 30 to 40% depending on sub area. Bottom fishing is now open to all depths and surf perch anglers are getting action new Nesika beach in Gold Beach.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082

Andy reports that the past few days have been rough with large ocean swells and wind chop has kept his fleet in. A more favorable outlook is in store for this weekend however and he expects to get out and catch some nice big Ling cod as well as lots of bottom fish and maybe a halibut or two.

COOS RIVER BASIN:

Chinook fishing continues to be slow one day and another day several fish caught...mostly the former. Most of the anglers are fishing Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Coho catches which had been good earlier this month tapered down and will close Friday the 15th. Salmon anglers will still be able to harvest hatchery and wild Chinook after October 15th.

Diamond Lake-It's cold and some snow flurries have already touched the lake. However, anglers are getting some nice sized fish 16"-20" among their limits. Pressure is low and the fish are hungry...take a heater with you!

Expo Pond (day use permits are required) Fishing has been picking up with the recent cooling temperatures where the most northern pond is the best bet for largemouth bass.

LEMOLO RESERVOIR: the lake is dropping to it's fall low, the fish are more concentrated and fat.. Anglers seem to be doing well. A few anglers have reported catching tiger trout in Lemolo.

CHETCO RIVER: The estuary is the place to be right now for those targeting nice Chinook. Be forewarned that there are a lot of boats and bank anglers so please be patient and use "common sense" in this area. A nice bite last weekend and into early this week saw some fish caught with one 46 pounder weighed in!

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is good again in the lower Coquille River casting swimbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark.

Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store - Gold Beach, Oregon (541-247-7142) said that the Rogue Bay despite an earlier this week bit of action of a coho bite is pretty much over. A few "non local" boats are still working the bay with little to no success, but he's still optimistic that the Indian Creek Chinook are still out there and waiting to come in...who knows!

Middle Rogue– Steelhead fishing is underway throughout the river now as the water temp is hovering just above 50 degrees and flow around 1240. Falling leaves and summer grown river weeds make fishing some favorite holes an issue and a sanctuary for squawfish. Bank anglers targeting the pocket water by large boulders and seams with black body/ gold blade Panther Martin spinners and corky with worm have gotten some nice "summers".

Upper Rogue- Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead have been sporadic with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month.


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Chetco and Smith Rivers ready for Chinook action
Well, the Chetco Estuary which has been the place to go for Chinook salmon fishermen has still been producing some nice fish along with some "nice" (combat fishing) numbers of boats working the area. The storm that everybody has been waiting for is here and is expecting high wind and lots of rain at the coast. This will also improve the fishing conditions in the rivers by flushing out the falling leaves and weeds that have made fishing difficult in some spots. Fish lurking around tidal estuary's will be moving upriver and should provide some decent catches for those ready and willing to fish a wet day Friday and Saturday or until the rivers are blown out. The Chetco, Elk, Sixes, Floras, Pistol and Smith river (CA) will get the much needed rain they need to get action going and should have some decent fish catching opportunity.

Summer steelhead are all throughout the Rogue River and catches have been good. Some Coho should be coming into the mid Rogue following the rain but as reports and counts have it, it will most likely be catch and release the predominate wild fish. It will allow for some awesome action though.... I'm hoping!

The marine forecast is well...... stormy. Time to catch up on those boat fixes you needed to do for weeks.

The Chetco estuary is where the salmon action has been and has seen 50 fish days lately but has dramatically slowed down today as the storm is approaching. Andy said a mix of about 50/50 wild /hatchery fish in the catches is still happening and he considers a good outlook. The expected rain will bring more fish in and raise the river level up to be able to fish the whole river (by drift boat) and drop the bobber rule above the power lines (hopefully). Friday and Saturday might be a great opportunity before the river gets blown out as well as early next week depending on how long the rain lasts.

Chinook fishing is slow in the Coos River basin. When a fish has been caught in the river, it's been a bit dark. Most of the salmon anglers are fishing above the Chandler Bridge in the Coos River. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: Fall time fishing can be great if you can get on the lake with a boat. Only the Takilma boat ramp is open and usable (although there is no dock) for those wanting to get some nice Fall fishing action in. A recent stocking of 5,000 legal trout and 2,300 larger trout near a pound each are scheduled to be stocked this week.

Upper Rogue- Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead catches have been steady with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month

South Umpqua- Anglers have been continuing to do well catching bass on the South. Anglers looking for trout should look to the upper sections of the river.

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All coastal rivers including the predominate fishing rivers- Rogue, Chetco, Elk, Sixes, Floras, Pistol and Smith River (CA) got significant rain that improved catches and fishing conditions drastically this past week until Thursday when all, but the Rogue got blown out. The Smith and Chetco especially saw some nice big Chinook caught as the river flows were dropping. Big rains along with big tides should have the bulk of Chinook (and hopefully coho) moving up and into these systems bringing with it “best of season” catches! Continued rain is forecast throughout the weekend, but some of the smaller rivers like the Elk, Sixes and Pistol may be fishable latter weekend. The Chetco and Smith might be a better opportunity early next week.

Rogue River steelhead and half pounder catches have been fair and should have picked up after last week's rain but apparently the fish didn’t get the memo! Maybe the pressure variant between storms got the fish off the bite. River level flow as I write is increasing from recent mid 1200 cfs and forecasted to go up over 1700 cfs before coming back down. This will be good to help flush out the remaining leaves and improve conditions. Hopefully, current rain will increase flow and spur the bite with new fish that have moved upriver from Agnes area. Several recent attempts at my favorite hole has only led to a few squawfish and not 1 half pounder! I’m optimistic that the forthcoming days will be much better.

Ocean conditions are pretty much off the agenda for at least several days due to high wind and rough seas from the current round of storms. Crabbing out of California ports such as Crescent City and Eureka will be officially open this Saturday. Ocean conditions for these areas look dismal for a few days as well.

Chetco and Smith (NorCal) Rivers - There was lots of jack and adults as well as hatchery and wild fish in the catch mix that is a “good indicator”. The Chetco restrictions- “bobber rule” was lifted November 4th! Heavy rains and wind started on Wednesday increasing the Chetco flow to over 9000 cfs and hope to be in high water fishing shape possibly Saturday or Sunday and into next week. Andy also pointed out he expects the next week or two will be the “best of the season” in all coastal rivers due to the extensive rain that will move fish throughout the river and to flush out the remaining leaves. Also, big tides will help push fish in the rivers.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Chinook fishing is a wrap and was slow at best. Anglers are now anxious and gearing up for steelhead season the latter part of November.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points , however some bass can still be found in shallower water and around boat houses and other structure.

Middle Rogue– Steelhead fishing has been fair, but the current rain event will “sweeten” up the water as well as flow and temp to spur on some good action. Fish that had been waiting around Agnes will be making their way… hopefully some coho!

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Last weekend’s big rain event raised river flows along with angling pressure for the Southern Oregon coastal streams. Catches on the Chetco earlier in the week for those using high water techniques (large plugs and big pieces of roe) saw some nice fish caught.

Chetco flow is dropping into prime condition for the weekend and should provide some best of the season catches (along with lots of bank and boat anglers). The Smith River just over the Ca/ OR boarder saw some excellent fish as well and will also continue to fish well into the weekend. Elk and Sixes also saw improved conditions and the Sixes so far has been better than the Elk (according to Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store).

The Rogue River continues to be fair to good for steelhead and half pounders depending on where you’re fishing. Boat anglers running plugs and drifting roe are doing better than the average bank angler. There’s also some coho spread throughout and one might get lucky if targeting them. The recent rain never made for unfishable conditions and as of Thursday afternoon, flow was hovering above 1500 cfs, 2 ntu and a cool 48 degrees.

My best bet for the weekend is to head over to the coast for some seasonally good Chinook fishing on the Chetco, Elk, Sixes and Smith. It will be crowded so please be patient and considerate for your fellow anglers. If the ocean is your thing, then it should also be a good weekend to get out and get some bottom fish and/or do some crabbing out of Crescent City, Ca.

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Anglers looking for that "peak of the season" Chinook bite got it after recent rain. The main rivers being the Chetco, Elk, and Sixes in Oregon and Smith river (CA) got an influx of fish to reward those anxious anglers. The Chetco saw a 60 pounder caught (and released) and the Sixes produced some nice catches as well.....only in the 15-25 pound range. Flow rates are back down and maybe the Chetco will be the best bet for a pre-Thanksgiving treat. Some rain will come by end of week but might not be enough for the Elk and Sixes....be ready when they are because there's plenty of fish in and coming to make it worthwhile.

Summer steelhead and half pounder catches on the Rogue have been fair in the middle section and slightly better up above Gold Hill. There are also decent numbers of coho more towards Shady Cove and is a great opportunity for some excellent action. Flow of course is back to low, clear and cold conditions meaning smaller baits and longer leader tactics are necessary.

Marine outlook is dim except for maybe Sunday. Bottom fish and ling cod catches have been great when you can get out. Ocean crabbing is not open yet except for California ports and has been good.

Riley (Riley Wallace of Wallace Guide Service 541-761-2386) recently has moved to Brookings (from Grants Pass) where he's been actively working the Chetco, Elk and Sixes with good success. It's all about the flow in which will dictate what river he's going to fish and reports that the Chetco which had been producing a bunch of nice fish after the big rain is now hit and miss.

The Elk and Sixes are much smaller systems where flow is everything, so you got to be ready when they are prime Riley said. This weekend might be worth a try if they don't get blown out from current rain, but they both should fish good by mid next week. The same bait tactics used in the Chetco will work here too.

Gale warnings through Friday will keep the ocean off limits, but Sunday looks to be the better of the weekend to get out on the ocean to catch some big lings. Andy said the rockfish are bunched up in thick schools spawning in shallow water especially near Bird Island.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Chinook fishing is a wrap and was slow at best. Anglers are now anxious and gearing up for steelhead season the latter part of November.

BRADLEY LAKE-Trout fishing has been good for trout that were stocked earlier this month. Anglers are having success trolling spinners in the main lake.

TENMILE LAKES/TENMILE CREEK: Most largemouth bass are in deeper water along hard bottom points , however some bass can still be found in shallower water and around boat houses and other structure. During the middle of the day bass can be caught.

Willow Lake: is fishing is still good when trolling 25-35 feet deep.

CHETCO RIVER: Last weekend saw many nice fish along with lots of boat and bank angling pressure. It's peak season for late Oregon Chinook and so you got to get there early and/or bring your own rock to stand on! Currently flow has reduced down to less than prime and rain is needed to color up the river again. There are decent amounts of fish scattered throughout and most are wild.

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Jim (Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store - Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142) reports that the Rogue is low and "slow" however, he did report that some boat anglers did catch some nice winter Steelhead running plugs this past week! It's a good sign but in no way is fishing good yet.

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Anglers that aren’t interested in the OSU Beavers looking for another back to back win against the Ducks on Saturday’s Civil war (are gonna be missing out on an epic game…… yes, my Beavers are gonna be PAC 12 North and even PAC 12 Champs…..Goooo Beavers!!!!) should be getting outdoors for some recreating on the ocean for bottom fish or some Thanksgiving first of the season winter steelhead. Some, and I mean a few, winter’s have already been caught in the lower Rogue and Chetco and are just awaiting some more big rain to increase the flow to come in. The Elk and Sixes are low and pretty much not fishable and the Chetco is low and catches are few until more rain ….hopefully by end of next week.

Summer steelhead catches on the Rogue have slowed due to colder water temps in the mid 40’s and decreased flow to under 1300 in the middle section. The weather is supposed to be a bit warmer (low 60’s) for the weekend so why not get out and work off some of that turkey and dressing by getting out?!

The North Umpqua opens back up for winter steelhead angling December 1st (see breaking news below)

I’m keeping this one short this week because there’s really not too much to report and also. I’ve got to maintain my focus on beaming the Romer mojo to the Beavers for a big win Saturday!

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Well it’s looking like the best bets for fishing success will be either on the Rogue river (mid to upper sections) for remaining summer steelhead and half pounders or on the ocean where bottom fish limits and some nice big ling cod are being caught. The Chetco, Elk, Sixes and Smith (NorCal) are all way low and clear to make it worth spending the effort until next weeks forecasted rain. The Rogue despite flow around 1200 cfs and temp in the mid 40’s is still producing some nice summer steelhead action for those working plugs and/or side drifting the usual worm/corky, soft beads, roe, yarn balls, etc. Brookings has seen near 70-degree days this week while in Grants Pass it’s been maybe 50 and the cold fog hasn’t burned off. If you have an ocean-going boat (if not, check out Brookings’s fishing charters) it’s worth the effort for some bottom fish and crabbing. If you’re eager for steelhead, then try various spots along the Rogue and try out some new techniques like float fishing, fly fishing, or something else. Next week’s forecasted rain should have the coastal streams fishable again.

Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing (206-388-8988) reports that rain, or lack thereof, is the issue with the Southern Oregon coastal streams again. The Elk, Sixes, and Chetco that were producing some nice fish after the last rain (over 2 weeks ago) are either unfishable and/ or not worth it until the next rain. He did hear a report that a fellow guide working the Chetco has caught a couple adult winter steelhead lately…. “that’s a good sign this early in December” and should get more fish in the system after more rain.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

BRADLEY LAKE
-Trout fishing has been good for trout that were stocked earlier this month. Anglers are having success trolling spinners in the main lake.

BUTTERFIELD LAKE (North Bend): Anglers are still reporting catching fall stocked trout and holdover trout stocked this past spring using Power Bait or trolling spinners.

Lake Selmac (Selma) Bass and bluegill bite has slowed down due to the colder weather. However, those working the extensive weed line from boats are having most success. Only 1 bass can be harvested per day

Expo Pond (day use permits are required) Fishing has been picking up with the recent cooling temperatures where the most northern pond is the best bet for largemouth bass.

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