SW Oregon fishing report

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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

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.
Information here from ODF&W

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