Oregon Fishing Reports for October 13

Willamette Valley/Metro – With little to fish for in the Portland area, anglers are hinging their bets on a brighter future for salmon. Dam passage at Bonneville remains uninspiring, but jack coho counts are tracking above the 10-year average, indicating a much better year, next year. Chinook jack counts may indicate another down year for Chinook in 2019. Much of the blame rests with what scientists term “The Warm Water Blob,” an anomaly never before observed, at least in this magnitude, in the Pacific Ocean. It appears the blob has receded, hopefully bringing back some normalcy to future returns of salmon. Steelhead have suffered too, as the river-wide closure for all salmon and steelhead remains in effect.

Catch and release sturgeon fishing in the lower Willamette remains a fair option.

Anglers working the Clackamas River are finding an occasional coho downstream of Eagle Creek. Recent precipitation has improved catches, but action is far from consistent. Spinners and casted jigs will likely continue to produce the best results as we enter peak season for this fishery.

Sandy River anglers are finding some hatchery coho downstream of Cedar Creek. Fish are beginning to congregate in higher numbers at the popular creek mouth, awaiting a better flush of rain to bring them up to the hatchery. Early mornings are best, fish become timid after the morning bite. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503) 704-7920 of O2BFISHN Guide Service reports, “The river finally took its first good jump with the latest rain. We had a few showers and the river barely bumped in height. This last week rain showers, caused the river jumping up a foot and turned the river milk chocolate brown. The river was running at 7.56 and perfect steelhead green and low then jumped to 8.5ft  on Tuesday and has started to drop but will remain brown and off color for a few days. Before the river blew up there were reports of fish being caught in lower river and at oxbow park area. There were reports that a few bright springers were still caught in Oxbow as well as some coho.”

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Canby Pond is slated for trout stocking this week, and Henry Hagg Lake should continue to be a good bet through October.

Northwest Oregon – Chinook fishing in Tillamook Bay has remained challenging as last weekend’s SHOT tournament held by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders yielded just 5 fish for 40 anglers over a 2-day period. The largest fish tipped the scales at just over 18 pounds.

The stronger tide series brought about abundant amounts of seaweed, further impeding success for the fall run fish. Wild coho seem to be as plentiful as Chinook this season, but must be released unharmed. The Ghost Hole, Bay City and the Coast Guard Station in front of Garibaldi are producing the most consistent success, at high tide when the seaweed and eelgrass are less of a problem.

Mid-October produced some of the season’s best catches last year, anglers are holding out hope. Chinook jacks are more prevalent in this year’s catches too, hopefully indicating a stronger return of 4-year olds next year.

Tidewater bobber fishers remain perplexed with the lack of fish lately, but the Wilson, Trask and Tillamook tidewater reaches should all have some fish available.

The ocean swell may be subsiding over the weekend. Bottomfishers are anxious as the deep-reef fishery produced some monster lingcod prior to the current rough ocean conditions. Large canary and yellow tail rockfish hit the decks as well.

Other north coast estuaries are under-performing as well, including the Nehalem. The North Fork hatchery did report some dark coho being taken on eggs over the weekend however.

Astoria area – Despite big tide exchanges, crabbing has been good on the lower Columbia River Afternoon tides this weekend should yield good results too.

Southwest – From ODF&W

The wild coho fishery opened on Tenmile Lakes on Oct. 1, though it will take a few good rains to chase the fish into lake.

The Chetco bubble fishery will be open this weekend, Oct. 13-14.

Anglers are catching hatchery coho in the lower Rogue, and there are reports of coho in the Grants Pass area.

Fishing for summer steelhead in the middle ane upper Rogue should be good for the next month or two due to a strong run this year.

Both boat ramps at Lost Creek Reservoir are usable at this time, and large trout were stocked there last week. Trout fishing should be very good at Lost Creek through the winter and early spring.

Bottomfish anglers may now fish at all depths for the remainder of the year. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon is now closed for the remainder of the year.

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, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips.

Salmon fishing is open through Oct. 31 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain with a limit of two salmon per day. But salmon anglers are limited to fishing inside the 40 fathom line.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, salmon fishing closed on Aug. 26. The Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Fishery will open on Oct. 13-14 with a daily bag limit of 1 Chinook per angler.

The Nearshore halibut season is open seven days a week and as of Sept. 30 there is 34 percent of the quota remaining. The remaining 7,968 lbs of the All-depth quota was moved to the nearshore halibut quota on Sept. 6.

For the southern Oregon Subarea, halibut is open 7 days a week through Oct. 31 or attaining the quota of 8,982 lbs. As of Sept. 30 there is 40 percent of the quota remaining.

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

Salmon fishing remains fair on the lower Umpqua River at Winchester Bay. But few chinooks or finclipped cohos are being caught. Bank anglers seem to be doing every bit as good as the boat anglers.

The coho salmon seasons on Siltcoos. Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes opened on October 1st and second rod validations immediately became invalid on those three lakes. No salmon have been reported yet in all three lakes, but a series of high tides could get salmon into the Siltcoos River, but there may not be enough water flowing through the fish ladder at the dam for the salmon to actually use it and move upstream past Highway 101 where they become legal to fish for. Very seldom do Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes get any coho salmon before the end of October. The lower deadline on Tahkenitch Lake is the Highway 101 Bridge. The lower deadline on Tenmile Lakes is the bridge on Hilltop Drive in Lakeside.

It most likely will not be a productive coho season on these lakes, but at least anglers can keep wild or unclipped coho salmon. The daily limit is one adult and one jack salmon per day and the season limit, which includes all three lakes, is five adult salmon. Anglers are supposed to quit salmon fishing after keeping an adult coho salmon.

The Chetco bubble fishery opens for the first of two weekends on Oct. 6-7.

Striped bass angling on the Smith and Coquille rivers should remain poor to fair through October when it typically slows to a crawl.

Afternoon fishing for smallmouth bass should be fair to good, but slower in numbers than during the summer, but the chances of bass longer than 15-inches will be improved.

Afternoon fishing for largemouth bass should be productive on most area lakes.

Ocean crabbing remains good, but the recreational season will close on October 15th. River and bay crabbing will remain open all year – subject to emergency closures for elevated toxin levels.

Bottomfishishing in marine waters deeper than 180 feet, using convential angling methods, reopened on October 1st and fishing has been very good. Long leader bottomfishing is still legal in waters deeper than 240 feet, but almost every marine angler is opting for the conventional techniques – which allows them to keep two lingcod (22-inch minimum) and five bottomfish. Cabezon are still illegal to keep.

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Oregon Fishing Reports for October 6

Willamette Valley/Metro – Chinook numbers remain depressed at Bonneville Dam and anglers will remain sidelined for the foreseeable future. The mainstem Columbia is closed to almost all fishing, catch and release sturgeon remains one of the few options.

Coho are entering the Sandy and Clackamas River systems in better numbers now, but until significant precipitation comes, they will be challenging to catch. The lower reaches of each of these systems is holding the best numbers now, but fish are slowly making their way to upstream pools. Cloudy skies are helping increase success rates, but anglers are anxiously awaiting the first fall rains. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503) 704-7920 of O2BFISHN Guide Service reports, “This week, the Sandy was up and down for catching coho and steelhead. The upper river has been slow  as well as the lower river. The forecast is for rain on Friday into Saturday and they are predicting up to a half inch of rain that should get the fish at the mouth to move up river. The hope is that the river will go up a couple of inches and cause the fish to move into the main sections of the river.” The Clackamas has coho spread throughout reports manager Robert Campbell from Fishermen’s Marine and Outdoor in Oregon City. Robert stated spinner casters working Clackamette Park (at the mouth) are taking fish daily both in the morning and late evenings. Boats flatlining plugs in the Willamette around the mouth of the river are also taking some coho.

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Historically, anglers had ample opportunity for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the fall. This year, anglers are sidelined on the mainstem Columbia, while the Willamette continues to put out fair catches of sturgeon for catch and release, but no salmon to speak of. Fall trout opportunities are plentiful however, and trout in the high lakes go on a feeding rampage before the cold winter months about to hit. Check the ODF&W web site for the most recent stocking schedule, but also prepare for inclement weather as it’s sure to strike with little notice this time of year.

Northwest Oregon – Salmon fishing remains challenging on most north coast estuaries. Tillamook Bay continues to put out a few Chinook to trollers working the Ghost Hole and Bay City, but other areas of the estuary and tidewater reaches are producing fair-at-best results. The south channel has an occasional Chinook, but the bubble fishery in the ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay is producing poorly. The jaws of Tillamook Bay have also been yielding some salmon, mostly wild coho however, but an occasional Chinook too.

Wild coho are present in most estuaries and some are so large, they are easily mistaken for Chinook salmon. Anglers should be 100% sure of the species they retain, several wild coho have been confiscated at the dock, with hefty fines doled out as a consequence. Only hatchery coho may be retained in bays and rivers, but few seem available to anglers this year. As of Monday, the North Fork Nehalem has yet to receive any coho back to the hatchery.

Bottomfishing remains a good option out of Garibaldi. October 1st marked the opening of the deep reef fishery, where large lingcod and ample numbers of large rockfish make for easy limits on most days. Calm seas early in the week yielded good catches, this is an opportunity that’s not likely to last long as ocean conditions will certainly deteriorate before long. Nearshore bottomfishing remains good too, but an increase in the bag limit to 5 rockfish (and 2 lingcod) per person. The long-leader fishery still allows for 10 fish bag limits and has been wildly popular and productive.

Ocean crabbing is still productive, but will close to recreational opportunity after October 15th. Bay crabbing should be more challenging this weekend as stronger tides keep crabs dug in.

Astoria area – Crabbing in the lower Columbia was good last weekend, but stronger tides this weekend won’t produce easy limits.

Tuna chasers did good late last week and it should remain a viable fishery for another 2 weeks if the ocean cooperates.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Diamond and Willow lakes are good bets for some fall trout fishing.

The wild coho fishery opened on Tenmile Lakes on Oct. 1, though it will take a few good rains to chase the fish into lake.

The Chetco bubble fishery opens for the first of two weekends on Oct. 6-7.

Fishing for Chinook is now closed upstream of the Hog Creek boat ramp on the Rogue (middle and upper Rogue River). Fishing for summer steelhead should be good for the next month or two due to a strong run this year. Only hatchery Summer Steelhead may be harvested.

Both boat ramps at Lost Creek Reservoir are usable at this time, and large trout are being stocked there this week. Trout fishing should be very good at Lost Creek through the winter and early spring.

Reminder that even though the fishery is now open to all-depth, the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

As of October 1st, anglers can once again fish waters deeper than 180 feet using conventional bottomfishing techniques and be able to keep lingcod, greenling and black and blue rockfish. The retention of cabezon is still not allowed due to a still-existing emergency closure.

Long leader bottomfishing in marine waters at least 240 feet deep is still legal, but lingcod, greenling and black and blue rockfish are not legal to keep – but the daily limit for the mid-depth bottomfish species legal to keep is ten fish.

Last week bank anglers had a couple of awesome days casting spinners at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point and boat anglers did well trolling herring last week at Winchester Bay, but the “bite” was short lived and comprised overwhelmingly of unkeepable wild cohos and anglers were quickly reminded that it hasnt been a good salmon year for the entire Oregon coast – or the Washington coast too – for that matter.

The recreational ocean crabbing season is coming to a close. The last day will be October 15th and on December 1st the ocean crabbing season will reopen unless there is elevated levels of toxins.

Low river levels have led to increased salinity levels which has allowed legal-sized crabs to move upriver at least two miles on the Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille rivers and crabbing has been good. Crabbing in Oregon’s rivers and bays is legal all year and should remain productive until heavy rains move the crabs seaward.

Fishing for surfperch along the beaches in our area has been slow, but could pickup at any time.

Fishing for striped bass has been slow on Smith River and it seems that nobody has been fishing the Umpqua River for stripers. The Coquille River has recently been producing the best striper fishing, but success has been inconsistent with the best fishing occurring above the Highway 101 Bridge near Bandon.

Slightly cooler water temperatures have allowed for some improvement in bass and panfish angling. Unlike central and eastern Oregon, where bass and panfish angling is already in afternoon and early evening mode, the Oregon coast and western Oregon are still capable of producing decent fishing all day.

As water temperatures drop on the Umpqua, smallmouth bass catches decrease numbers-wise, but the chances of catching larger fish increase. Smallmouth bass fishing has recently improved on the Smith River and the fishery is not yet dominated by small bass as is the Umpqua.

Yellow perch usually bite well during cool weather and if you should catch a 14 or 15-inch perch, remind yourself that it could have been an Oregon state record – if you had caught it in February or March.

For those anglers that usually fish Wickiup Reservoir for trophy brown trout in the fall and are now looking for a “plan B”, both Paulina and East Lake contain trophy browns. Although Paulina holds the unofficial Oregon record (35 and 1/2 pounds) as well as the official state record (28 pounds and five ounces), East Lake currently offers much better brown trout angling.

Although the Owyhee River below Owyhee Reservoir is a very highly rated brown trout stream, the browns seem to top out at about eight or nine pounds.

Out of Depoe Bay, deep water Ling Cod fishing opened Monday. Reports that inshore fihsing had been very good over the weekend with limits on Rockfish regularly obtained. The Ling Cod catch has been spoty. Crabbing closes ont eh 16th.

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Oregon fishing reports for September 29th

Willamette Valley/Metro – With no mainstem Columbia opportunity for salmon in the recent past or near future, anglers were focused on the last of the 2 open days for sturgeon last Saturday. The results were not impressive as anglers reported slow fishing for both keepers and shakers on the 22nd. Numbers are fully tallied, this could be the last catch and keep sturgeon opportunity for the 2018 season. Nearly 87% of the 1,230 keeper quota in the above Wauna Powerlines fishery has been utilized. Managers will take it up again in late spring, with hopeful fishermen looking for another mid-May – early June opportunity in the estuary.

Adult and jack Chinook counts at Bonneville continue to disappoint managers and anglers. With the sport fleet already way over our season impacts to listed Snake River Chinook, future opportunity looks grim. Sport anglers may get more opportunity by mid-October, when there’s next to no chance to intercept any Chinook in the lower reaches of the mainstem. Mid-October coho are most often destined for SW Washington hatcheries, and that run too is likely to be depressed. Coho counts, after a strong early season showing, are now lagging well behind last year’s mediocre return. The good news is jack counts are stronger this year than last, indicating a possible turn-around for the 2019 return. Any glimmer of hope for a better return is welcome at this point.

Bank anglers are hitting the Clackamas and Sandy with fervor. Although catches are somewhat sparse, fish are present in both systems, and early mornings are producing a few fish for take-home. Casting spinners and jigs in the lower reaches is yielding success for persistent anglers, but current conditions make it challenging to find willing biters. Conditions don’t look to be changing for the foreseeable future. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN (503-704-7920) reports, “Well it depends on what day you fished and what location you fished determined who caught fish. I floated last Friday and the only thing that I saw was a down river springer that had white head and was on its last legs (fins). The river is ideal in color and water temp. The river had that nice steelhead green color and the temp was in the mid 50’s, the only set back is that the river is still running at 7.63 ft and needs a good shot of rain. On Saturday, there was a good number of fish caught in the lower river.” You can see more of Jeff’s report and an upcoming forecast for the Sandy, Clackamas and entire north coast by becoming a paid subscriber HERE. Paid subscribers get about FIVE TIMES the amount of information for fifty cents a week!

Some boat effort is taking place near the mouth of the Clackamas and Meldrum Bar for coho. Catches here are also rare.

Generous numbers of trout are scheduled to be stocked at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove, and Trillium Lake on Mount Hood. Fishing should be productive.

Northwest Oregon – Anglers are having to work hard for Chinook in the Tillamook district. Tillamook Bay remains a top prospect, but anglers must be willing to shed seaweed from their gear on the current strong tide series. The Ghost Hole and the West Channel has been producing fair catches recently, but upper bay trollers should find better success into the weekend.

The Trask and Tillamook tidewater reaches should have Chinook available.

The Salmon, Nestucca and Nehalem are all in peak season, but catches are slow, with only an occasional day of fair catches. The Alsea is also fair at best and the Siletz is starting to see some improvement.

There’s still time to register for the October 4 – 6 SHOT tournament sponsored by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. Proceeds from the event go to benefit north coast fish enhancement projects. Go to www.nwsteelheaders.org for more information.

Astoria area – Crabbing on the lower Columbia is improving, but crabbers still have to work for limits of quality crab.

ODFW will delay the opening of fall razor clam harvest along the Clatsop beaches from the traditional date of Oct. 1 to Nov. 1 at the earliest , to allow time to collect public feedback on management options in light of a recent stock assessment.

Extension of the annual conservation closure only applies to Clatsop County beaches, and prohibits all harvest of razor clams (both recreational and commercial) along the 18 mile stretch of beach from Tillamook Head (Seaside) to the mouth of the Columbia River, until the closure is lifted.

ODFW recently completed the annual stock assessment survey for razor clams along the Clatsop beaches. The survey found that most clams are too small to be harvested by commercial clammers or desired by recreational clammers.

Central and Eastern Oregon –From our Friend Tim Moran: 

Deschutes River – Steelhead fishing is fair in the Deschutes in Mack Canyon. Fish are spread from Moody to Maupin but there aren’t very many guys fishing for them. If you go you’ll have a decent shot at a fish or two but multiple fish days aren’t happening.

Crane Prairie Reservoir – It has all the water due to litigation surrounding a spotted frog..so Wickiup’s loss (literally – it doesn’t exist right now) is CPR’s gain. Trout fishing is good in the Quinn and Rock Creek areas.

Lava Lake – Lava has been good with fish to 20 inches. Fish near the rocks and reeds in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Crooked River – Same as last week – Flows are low and stable and fishing is good! Small nymphs under a small indicator or on a dry/ dropper always produce here.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be good on the middle and upper Rogue, and with cooler temperatures, more fish are moving upriver.

Diamond and Willow lakes are good bets for some late summer trout fishing.

This is the last weekend for salmon anglers with a two-rod validation to use an extra rod while fishing for Chinook salmon and hatchery coho salmon in Coos Bay.

Fly-fishers have been doing well from Dodge Bridge to Fishers Ferry on the upper Rogue.

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

The nonselective ocean coho season is now officially over with last Friday’s opener. Anglers could have fished for four to six hours on Saturday without exceeding the quota, but I cannot, and I am pretty sure that the ODFW cannot, figure out how to make partial-day openers work – which is why they never have them.

Currently only chinook salmon of at least 24-inches in length are legal to keep while salmon fishing in the ocean.

Some wildly optimistic anglers continue to think there will be a nonselective coho season in coastal rivers, but there hasn’t been one in several years and without a major improvement in coho numbers – there may never again be a non-selective coho season for coastal rivers.

Salmon are showing up in increasing numbers in the “mud hole” at the mouth of Winchester Creek – but have not yet started biting well.

A few chinook salmon are starting to show up at Sawyer’s Rapids and if this year’s fishing is anything like previous years’, the bite will be an early morning one.

Crabbing at Winchester Bay continues to be good, but “A” Dock was closed to crabbing. The reason for the closure was because a boat returning after dark couldn’t use the moorage space they paid for because of unattended crab traps left overnight.

Salmon Harbor, trying to do the right thing, relented slightly a few days later, and clearly marked an area at the very end of the dock where people could crab – but only while they were watching their crab gear. The current policy is that unattended pots or traps on “A” Dock will be confiscated.

Recreational ocean crabbing will close on October 15th and remain closed through November.

Bottomfishing in marine waters deeper than 180 feet is slated to reopen on Oct. 1st. Cabezon are still under an emergency closure.

An angler who caught a couple of jumbo pile perch last September while fishing with sand shrimp on the western side of Winchester Bay’s East Boat Basin stated that there are pile perch there this year that dwarf the pile perch caught last fall – and pile perch to three and a half pounds were caught last fall.

Last week, juvenile kokanee were observed swimming in large numbers near the dam and being heavily preyed upon by fish-eating birds including white pelicans.

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Oregon Fishing Reports for Sept 14

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the emergency closure at the end of the day on Wednesday (September 12th), anglers got their last licks in on Chinook, which are in peak migration in the middle river right now. Action had been sporadic by section but the lower deadline near the mouth of the Kalama River and the Bonneville reach have been fishing the best. Pro trolls with 3.5 spinners or red label herring had been the ticket, but anglers willing to target fish closer to incoming tide have proven to be the most successful. Anchor anglers have not had an overwhelming season. Adult and jack Chinook numbers are tracking ahead of last year’s run, but managers were forced to close the fishery prematurely due to the poor overall returns crossing at Bonneville. The closure may go through the end of the year, but may change if Bonneville counts improve dramatically and immediately.

The mainstem upstream of Bonneville Dam will also close until further notice and ODF&W had re-opened the mouth of the Deschutes River for Chinook and coho, but this section is now also closed with the emergency regulation. All steelhead incidentally caught on the mainstem Columbia must be released with extreme care. Coho counts are higher than what they were at this time last year.

Anglers are starting to fish in earnest on the lower Clackamas, in hopes of early season coho, which should be present and growing in numbers. Small clusters of drifted eggs or casting spinners should produce results for persistent anglers.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN (503-704-7920) reports, coho should start showing on the Sandy River as well and with cloudy weather and some precipitation in the forecast, action should be fair for weekend anglers. These fish can be finicky however.

Recreational anglers will be able to retain sturgeon from the Wauna Powerlines (about 40 miles upstream of the mouth) to the deadlines at Bonneville Dam this Saturday. This will be the first of a 2-day season, the other open day being September 22nd for fish between 44 and 50 inches. Anglers are advised of an obscure rule requiring measurement to be taken on the underside of the sturgeon as a discrepancy in length can happen when measured over the top of the fish. The lower Willamette River remains closed to sturgeon retention.

Northwest Oregon – The Chinook fishery on the north coast is heating up, but as is common for the early season, results are sporadic. Chinook are being caught both inside and outside of Tillamook Bay.

The “any salmon” season last Friday and Saturday was good with ideal ocean conditions. Fair numbers of coho were being caught with some coho eclipsing 15 pounds in weight. Ocean weather looks favorable for good fishing on the next Friday and Saturday opener (September 14 & 15). A transfer for several thousand more coho from the leftover quota in the south of Falcon fishery will extend it at least through this weekend.

Nearshore halibut and rockfishing remains open as well and crabbing is picking up with the males starting to fill out better after the July molt.

Other north coast systems have yet to take off but the Nehalem, Salmon and Nestucca systems should improve this week. These systems have not taken off in any consistent manner just yet.

The Alsea especially, and the Siletz should start seeing better catches this week. The Siletz season will likely improve later this month. Tides are good for lower bay and lower tidewater action.

Astoria area – Coho fishing in the estuary has been extremely spotty. Last year, the middle of September produced white-hot hatchery coho catches, but the season overall for coho has been challenging. It’ll be closed this weekend, anglers will need to hedge their bets on a calm ocean and a “any two salmon” limit out of ports south of Cape Falcon (Manzanita) this weekend.

Crabbing is improving here, and the soft tide series this weekend should prove productive.

Central and Eastern Oregon –From our Friend Tim Moran.

Deschutes River – Reports from the shops are the same. There are fish – Steelhead in the river but no one is fishing for them. The guides are getting customers on 2 to 4 per day.

Metolius River – The Met is great! The Green Drake hatch is still happening and it has been very good from 2 pm until dark. PMD’s and caddis will be in the mix too. Small olive and golden stones are out as well. Did I mention Bull Trout?

John Day River – I love fall on the JDR. the water is still warm and it’s very low which means fish stack up in the deeper holes and runs.

Crooked River – Flows are low and stable and when that happens fishing is always good! Small nymphs under a small indicator or on a dry/ dropper always produce here.

Owyhee River – September is the best month on the Owyhee! The hatches are great and the fish instinctively know that winter is coming and it’s time to fatten up!

Southwest – From ODF&W

From ODF&W

The rockfish bite is back on. Anglers were catching limits or near-limits of rockfish over the weekend. However, lingcod catches remain spotty during the month of September. Reminder that through Sept. 30, the general marine bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30-fathom regulatory line.

The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line continues through September. Catches from offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes. Reminder that the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed to all bottomfish trips, including longleader trips.

The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, salmon fishing closed on Aug. 26. The Chetco River Fall Chinook State Waters Terminal Fishery will open on Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-14 with a daily bag limit of 1 Chinook per angler.

For the southern Oregon Subarea, halibut is open 7 days a week through Oct. 31 or attaining the quota of 8,982 lbs. As of Aug. 30 there is 61 percent of the quota remaining.

Anglers had limited success on albacore tuna during this past week. Access to albacore was most limited by weather conditions and most fish were found well offshore (40 miles or more).

On the lower Rogue, water levels continue to drop as we enter the driest part of the year. With cooler than average water temperatures, Chinook have begun to move up river.

Those interested in getting out of the wind or fog may want to head up river to fish for half-pounders and adult summer steelhead. Both have been moving up river in descent numbers.

September is a good time to fish fall Chinook in the middle Rogue area.

Anglers are catching summer steelhead on plugs fished from a drift boat, or side planner and plug from shore, or drifting night crawlers or roe/yarn imitations.

The Rogue River is also open for trout fishing. Only hatchery rainbow trout may be retained. All wild rainbow and cutthroat trout must be released.

With the start of September, the artificial fly season is underway between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies on any type rod and reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble.

As of Sept. 5, 1,419 Summer Steelhead had entered Cole Rivers Hatchery, with 42 new for the week.

Fishing for bass and other warmwater species should be good at Willow Lake.

Where water levels are too low for boats, like at Hyatt, Emigrant, Fish and Agate, bank anglers will continue to find terrific fall fishing.

Fishing continues to be good at Diamond Lake. Most anglers are taking home fish averaging 15-inches and we are starting to see more 17-inch or larger fish in creel surveys.

Anglers are continuing to catch largemouth bass, crappie and bluegills from the fishing dock and along the weedlines in Eel Lake.

Fishing for bluegills on Lower Empire Lake has been good but most of the fish are small.

Large rainbow trout will be stocked at Fish Lake by the end of this week, a bit early than scheduled because water levels at Fish Lake are dropping fast. The USFS boat ramp is no longer available, and only very small boats can launch at the resort ramp. Even this rock ramp will be dewatered soon.

Anglers fishing from shore, or from inflatables or personal watercraft should have very good fishing at Fish Lake this fall. Water clarity is poor due to a bloom at this time, however.

Galesville has been stocked several times this year and should have lots of trout from previous stockings. In addition to trout, the reservoir was stocked with coho smolts until 2015.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be decent. Good areas are near dead snags and the boat ramp.

Trout fishing continues to be good at Garrison Lake.

Trout fishing on Tenmile Lakes has slowed down with the best fishing is in the early mornings.

Fishing for largemouth bass has been good with the best fishing in the early mornings or late evenings.

The annual closure of the South Umpqua and Cow Creek will begin Sept. 15 and continue through Nov. 30. The South Umpqua and Cow Creek are open until then for catch-and-release trout fishing.

Bass fishing is good throughout the South Umpqua with particularly high catch rates from Canyonville to the mouth at River Forks/Singleton parks.

Chinook fishing closed on July 1. Summer steelhead fishing has been slow throughout the North Umpqua, it should pick back up again with cooler weather in the forecast.

Please be aware that through Sept. 30, 2018 all fishing is closed within a radius of 200 feet from the mouths of all tributaries (including 200 feet into the tributary) of the Umpqua River mainstem between the Scottsburg Bridge (Hwy 38) and the River Forks Park Boat Ramp. These areas are critical for juvenile steelhead that seek refuge in the cooler tributaries as mainstem water temperatures reach 70+ degrees.

Fall Chinook fishing is slow, but hopefully will get better as we move into late summer.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE and STOCKING MAP

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

9/13 – The good news is the ODFW did the right thing and increased the 3,500 coho quota to 7,600 – an increase of 117 percent. The bad news is that if they had not done that, the 2,739 coho salmon caught and kept in the ocean would have represented more than 78 percent of the original quota.

Lake Marie, which received two recent trout plants, should be fishing well for trout. Trout fishing should be improving for native, carryover and searun trout in larger coastal lakes like Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, and Tenmile lakes.

There should be plenty of planted trout left in the north arm of Cleawox Lake, which is essentially disconnected from the main body of the lake and therefore receives very little fishing pressure – even though many trout planted in the spring end up in the north arm.

Bluegills should still be biting well in Eel and Loon lakes, but they won’t be near the shoreline or in shallow water like they were in the spring and summer.

Striped bass should be biting better in slightly cooler water on the Smith and Coquille rivers.

Ocean crabbing out of Winchester Bay has been very good, although some crabbers were griping about the recent dredging.

Most serious bottomfish anglers have found they like the long leader technique that allows them to retain ten mid-depth bottomfish per day in marine waters at least 240 feet deep.

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Oregon Fishing Reports for Sept 8th

Willamette Valley/Metro – Mixed reports are coming from the troll and anchor fleet in the only remaining open stretch of the Columbia River, Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam (and of course upstream of Bonneville too). This river reach will remain open until September 14th, when only the upstream of Bonneville Dam reach will be open until further notice. Anglers are reminded that the entire Columbia River is closed to summer steelhead for the remainder of the year.

Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam are tracking ahead of last year, but only by a little. Coho counts are way ahead of last year.

Trollers are taking the lion’s share of Chinook in the Bonneville to Warrior Rock stretch, trolling 360 flashers and 3.5 spinners in copper and red as well as brass/green and red. Anglers fishing close to the bottom of the river are finding the best success.

Focus will remain on the mainstem Columbia, but anglers casting spinners near the mouths of the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers should start seeing some success for coho. Fresh fish should enter in fair numbers for the next 3 weeks. Coho are known for being lock-jawed, a lot like the summer steelhead that have been residing in these rivers for months now.

Northwest Oregon – Chinook are being caught with more regularity in the Tillamook district. Trollers were taking fish in the jaws of Tillamook, Nehalem and Nestucca estuaries on the weekend’s soft tide series, the Salmon, Alsea and Siletz should also produce fair catches. Hatchery coho are starting to show in the Tillamook and Nehalem systems as well. The estuary hatchery coho season isn’t productive for long, action will taper by the 3rd week of September.

The unique “any salmon” season opens on September 7th, where any 2 salmon may be retained in the ocean fishery. Wild and hatchery coho or Chinook may be retained on Fridays and Saturdays in September, or until the coho quota of 3,500 fish is attained. Fishing should be good.

The tidewater sections of the Nehalem, Trask, Nestucca, Tillamook, Necanicum, Salmon, Siletz and Alsea Rivers should all have some Chinook available to trollers and bobber fishers. Bobber fishermen seem to have their best luck towards low slack, while trollers often fare best around high tide. These systems, along with their respective estuaries should remain fair to good until the first fall rains send them upstream to spawn.

Astoria area – Buoy 10 anglers have been perplexed in recent days. The Buoy 10 bite has slowed dramatically and is sporadic at best. With Chinook being closed from Buoy 10 to Warrior Rock near Kalama, coho will remain the only option for estuary anglers. That bite has not been productive.

Ocean anglers were given another 2 days in the North of Falcon fishery out of the Columbia River, they were gravely disappointed. There is no other descriptive words than “biological desert” for the 2-day ocean coho opener. We appear headed for a slow September here.

Albacore tuna showed up in mass over the weekend around 40 miles west out of Astoria. Although the albacore weren’t large, they were plentiful.

Central and Eastern Oregon – Our Friend Tim Moran will be off the grid for a week, but he’ll provide a good report in next week’s TGF.

Meanwhile, HERE is the detailed report from the ODF&W website.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Chinook are being caught in a number of SW Zone location including the Rogue Bay at Gold Beach, and in bays and lower sections of rivers like the Coos, Coquille, and Umpqua.
Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be a fishing bright spot in the south and mainstem Umpqua.

The upper Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir has been stocked throughout the summer, including the week before Labor Day, and anglers should find plenty of trout throughout the late summer.

Trout fishing in higher elevation lake continues to be good. Anglers should consider Diamond, Lemolo, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods and Lake Marie.

September is bringing big changes for anglers in the Rogue watershed:
The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies using any type rod/reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble. This reach of the Rogue is open to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead and trout.

Water levels at many reservoirs throughout the Rogue are dropping quickly, so boat ramp access can change quickly. The good news—anglers willing to fish from shore or from inflatables can have a terrific time this fall fishing at Hyatt, Emigrant, Fish Lake, or even Agate Lake.

Anglers wanting to fish from trailered boats in the Rogue watershed have an opportunity at Lost Creek, Applegate, and Howard Prairie (for small boats). Bass fishing is good now. Trout fishing will only improve as the weather cools.

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

The ocean fin-clipped coho season is over but the catch data is currently only available through August 26th and 32.7 percent of the 35,000 fin-clipped coho quota had been retained. The northern portion of our zone had the best catch rate, which can be almost wholly explained by the difference in wild to fin-clipped coho salmon ratios.

Comparing the two busiest ports in our zone should make this difference apparent. Through August 26th, Newport, the busiest port, had 10,755 angler trips and 5,742 of the 13,252 cohos caught were retained fin-clipped cohos (more than 43 percent). Heading into the season’s last week, Newport is our zone’s most successful port with .58 retained salmon per angler-trip.

Winchester Bay, our zone’s second busiest port with 6,915 angler-trips has 1264 of the 8997 cohos caught that were fin-clipped and keepable (14 percent). Charleston’s percentage of fin-clipped cohos was even worse at 13 percent. So it should be no surprise that Winchester Bay’s and Charleston’s catch rates are a rather dismal .14 and .13 salmon per angler-trip respectively.

It is sadly ironic that the large numbers of wild coho hanging out off Winchester Bay and Charleston seemed to have “disappeared” prior to the ocean nonselective season which begins on September 7th.

Crabbing in the ocean is very good and will legal until October 15th. Crabbing in the lower Umpqua River is also very good and is legal the entire year.

Striped bass on the Smith River is the area’s most “hush-hush” fishery – so getting an accurate report is difficult. But it is almost certainly quite slow with a few fish taken after dark. Striper fishing on the Coquille River between Bandon and Coquille is very inconsistent but can be surprisingly productive with the best fishing at night.

Smallmouth bass fishing on the Umpqua River is very good. A very few smallmouths are being caught on the Smith River. But the most overlooked quality smallmouth fishery in our area is the South Fork of the Coquille River below Powers.

Anglers fishing for bottom fish need to remember that waters deeper than 30 fathoms are closed to conventional bottom fish techniques and there is an emergency closure on the retention of cabezon. Long leader fishing for some species of mid-depth bottom fish is still legal in waters more than 40 fathoms deep.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

SW Washington – From WDF&W

Salmon/Steelhead:

Nothing new from the WDF&W web site, but you can go HERE for previous week’s reports.

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Oregon Fishing Reports for August 31

This weekend (Sept. 1-2) is a Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon when no license, tag or endorsement is needed to fish, crab and clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing. As an angler, you know how much fun fishing is. This is a great weekend to share that fun with others.

Willamette Valley/Metro – Fall Chinook passage is slow to go at Bonneville Dam, but that’s not stopping motivated anglers from trying their hand at Pro-trolling in the Portland to Longview stretch as numbers grow in the region. Catches have yet to take off, and with little time remaining in the Tongue Point (near Astoria) to Warrior Rock (near the mouth of the Lewis River) fishery, anglers will have little time to score. That reach closes on September 2nd, but will remain open upstream of Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam through September 14th. Anchor anglers had the best chance on the most recent strong tide series. Overall, the Chinook run is tracking slightly behind last year’s return, as expected.

Summer steelhead haven’t fared as well. The states closed the mainstem Columbia River to the retention of steelhead effective last Monday. Returns are expected to come in lower than last year. A section of the John Day is also closed, from Tumwater Falls downstream to its confluence with the Columbia.

It’s too early to gauge the coho return, but the run is tracking slightly ahead of last year.

The Clackamas and Sandy still have summer steelhead available, and with the cooler weather, rafting traffic has slowed. These residualized fish remain quite timid however, but the overcast skies and cooler weather has improved opportunity. Coho are soon to show in each of these metro tributaries too. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN (503-704-7920) reports, “This week’s report we were hoping for more rain than what we received and the forecast doesn’t show any rain in next week’s forecast. When we do get that first good rain, we will see some coho show up in the lower river. They’re catching fish off the mouth of the Sandy using spinners and casting plugs. The upper river still has some fish but they are on the darker side.”

More trout are coming to Willamette Valley lakes this week, check the ODF&W web site for details on which lakes offer the best opportunity.

Northwest Oregon – It hasn’t been a fantastic week for Chinook fishers in the Tillamook region. Fall Chinook are soon due to almost every north coast system, and catches have been recorded already. Action was reported as slow on the Nehalem early in the week, but tides will weaken and action should pick up at the bay entrances over the Labor Day weekend.

The Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Salmon, Alsea and Siletz River mouths should all be fair prospects over the long weekend. Overall, the fall return isn’t expected to be tremendous, but catchable numbers will certainly be in order. Troll herring on the bottom during outgoing tide, but stratify baits on the incoming, especially around high tide. Hatchery coho should be available on the Nehalem and Tillamook Bay systems.

Ocean salmon fishing for coho closes on September 3rd, with nearly 70% of the quota remaining. Many wild coho were caught during the open season, a good sign for the September 7th opener that will run every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month or the quota of 3,500 fish is harvested.

Astoria area – The Buoy 10 fishery closed last Friday for Chinook, but remains open for hatchery coho. Anglers are witnessing fair catches of coho at or near Buoy 10 itself. Lower Desdemona Sands has also been productive recently.

Softer tides over the weekend should prompt fair to good catches of Chinook above Tongue Point using spinners or bait at high tide and the first part of outgoing. Again, this reach closes after September 2nd.

Central and Eastern Oregon – From our Friend Tim Moran: Check back later for an update.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Several area waterbodies are scheduled to be stocked the week of Aug. 27 – just in time for some holiday fishing. They include Red Top Lake, Clearwater Bay 2, Rogue above Lost Creek Reservoir, Marie Lake, Cooper Creek Reservoir, Lemolo Reservoir, Bowman Pond, Lake in the Woods, Ben Irving Reservoir and Hemlock Lake.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

A number of fire closures are in effect near various southwest water bodies. ODFW personnel have done their best to compile the most up to date closures for specific angling destinations below. However, due to dynamic fire behavior, situations can change and anglers should consult with web links and phone numbers, and response agencies before they decide to visit.

Salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain with a limit of two salmon per day. The fin-clipped coho season opened on June 30 and will be open until Sept. 3 or attaining the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. As of August 19, there is 70 percent of the quota remaining.

The All-Depth halibut quota remaining is 42 percent as of Aug. 19. The next all-depth fishing days for the Central Coast will be Aug. 31-Sept 1.

Chinook and coho are being caught from the shore at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point in Winchester Bay.

Fall Chinook anglers are still doing well in the Rogue Bay of Gold Beach.

Fall Chinook are around in several other rivers and the best fishing will be in the bays and lower sections of rivers like the Coos, Coquille, and Umpqua.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be a fishing bright spot in the south and mainstem Umpqua.

SW Washington – From WDF&W

Salmon/Steelhead:

Elochoman River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 12 bank anglers had no catch. Above the I-5 Br: 17 bank rods kept 1 chinook and released 2 chinook. 33 boats/87 rods kept 18 chinook, 3 jacks, 26 steelhead and released 6 chinook, 7 jacks and 4 steelhead.

Kalama River – 1 bank angler had no catch. Lewis River – 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Wind River – 2 boats/2 rods had no catch.

Drano Lake – 15 boats/33 rods kept 7 chinook and released 3 steelhead.

Klickitat River – 3 bank anglers had no catch.

Columbia River Tributaries

Cowlitz River: Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400’, at the posted markers.

Wind River: from the mouth to 400’ below Shepherd Falls, effective August 18, 2018 until further notice, closed for steelhead retention and closed to night fishing for salmon and steelhead.

Drano Lake: effective August 18, 2018 until further notice, closed for steelhead retention and closed to night fishing for salmon and steelhead.

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Oregon Fishing Reports for August 24th

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although the mainstem Columbia River fall Chinook fishery has yet to take off locally, it’s only a matter of days as salmon counts are beginning to build at Bonneville Dam. Soon, trollers working Pro-trolls and spinners will be working from Bonneville to Longview, hooking up salmon to 30+ pounds as peak migration is about to happen.

Steelhead counts remain depressed on the mainstem, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission enacted regulations closing the popular mouth of the Deschutes troll fishery giving steelhead a cold water refuge on their upstream migration.

Coho are starting to ascend the Bonneville facility, although they are hard to catch in this reach of river.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN (503-704-7920) reports, “This week the Sandy still has fish but the fishing has slowed way down. The fish are on the dark side and should be getting ready to start spawning. The weather forecast is for rain over the weekend and if does happen we will see the river really go off color for the ground is so dry that the rain will wash all the dust and topsoil off causing the river to muddy up.  If we continue to get rains over the next few weeks, we could start to see some coho show up in the river. The counts are starting to go up. ”

Northwest Oregon – Effort is picking up for salmon out of Garibaldi, as the fall run of Chinook start to make their way back to most north coast systems. Although Tillamook Bay is an option this time of year, the Nehalem is peaking for summer Chinook right now, with fall Chinook soon to follow. Anglers were working the jaws at Wheeler pretty hard over the weekend with some success, but stronger tides this weekend should produce fair catches at Wheeler into next week. Hatchery coho should start to make a showing as well.

Upper Tillamook Bay should start to produce some fresh Chinook and coho over the weekend as well, anglers should work the high tide in the upper bay or at the jaws near high slack. The peak is still weeks away however.

The Nestucca, Salmon, Alsea and Siletz Rivers should also start to produce better catches. Chinook start to show in good numbers from now through mid-October.

Friendly seas will likely produce interest in offshore albacore fishing, it should be excellent when anglers find the schools of fish.

Bottomfishing remains excellent and crabbing should pick up as well although many of the keeper males will still be in a soft-shell state.

Astoria area – Although Chinook catches in the Buoy 10 fishery were excellent prior to the weekend, action tapered early this week. The Tongue Point area produced over the soft tide series, but Chinook action will likely pick up prior to the closure (Buoy 10 to Tongue Point) after Friday’s effort. It’s too early to tell how the fishery performed overall, but some quality Chinook were taken this month.

The Chinook fishery will remain open above Tongue Point through early September so opportunity should continue through that closure as well. Chinook were more receptive to spinners in the warmer waters above Tongue Point.

Coho catches are on the increase, and the Buoy 10 area will remain open for fin-clipped coho only, but action is unlikely to pick up until the end of the month and into September. Coho were running large and plentiful prior to the ocean closure so anglers should be in for some good fishing. The minus tide series should start to produce fair coho catches off of the beach at Fort Stevens State Park. Anglers cast spinners or plunk herring just off the bottom in this popular fishery.

Central and Eastern Oregon – From our Friend Tim Moran:

Deschutes River – Wickiup to Sunriver – fishing is fair for brown trout casting Rapalas, spoons and spinners. Fly fishing with big weighted streamers is also good.

Lower Deshutes – Steelhead are showing in fishable numbers from the mouth to Sherars Falls (the river is closed from the mouth to Moody). The river remains under-fished due to the fire and lack of camping areas and facilities.

Prineville Reservoir – Has been and still is a great weekend spot to catch fish. If you fish worms you’ll catch everything from trout to bass, crappie and bullheads.

Crane Prairie Reservoir – Trout are in the channels and chironomids, leeches and damsel imitations are taking fish. Mornings and the last hour of daylight are best.

Crooked River – Cold water is good water! Fishing for Redband Rainbows is good.

Antelope Flat Reservoir – Lot’s of holdover fish as well as some recently stocked brood fish. This fishery is worth a trip. Fall should be really good!

Metolius River – I’ve seen some pic’s recently of some brute Bull Trout being landed on the Met. As the Kokanee continue pushing into the river the fishing should only get better.

Metolius Pond – This fishery just opened to kids (under 17) and disabled anglers. It’s at the Wizard Falls hatchery and I’m guessing the fishing there is REALLY GOOD! A great stop for the kids and the Met has awesome camping areas.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Salmon anglers are reporting mixed results on the Coos.

There are decent numbers of Half-pounders and adult steelhead in the lower Rogue, where lower water conditions are ideal for anglers swinging flies or tossing spinners.
There also are few Chinook being caught around the mouth of the Umpqua.

With reports of a fair number of wild coho being caught in the bays and oceans, remember to land these fish quickly and don’t remove them from the water, if possible.

Trout fishing continues to be good at Howard Prairie Reservoir despite low water conditions.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be a fishing bright spot in the south and mainstem Umpqua.

During the hot weather, the best trout fishing will be early in mornings at higher lakes like Diamond, Lemolo, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods, Lake Marie, and the high Cascade lakes in the Umpqua basin.

From Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border, salmon fishing is open with a limit of two salmon per day but no retention of coho.

The All-Depth halibut quota has not been updated yet. If there is enough quota left the next All-Depth fishing days for the Central Coast will be Aug. 31-Sept 1. The Nearshore halibut season is open seven days a week and as of Aug. 12, there is 22 percent of the quota remaining.

For the southern Oregon Subarea, halibut is open 7 days a week through Oct. 31 or attaining the quota of 8,982 lbs. As of Aug. 12, there is 64 percent of the quota remaining.

Tuna have moved offshore over 50 miles. Most recreational tuna anglers have stopped fishing for tuna until they get closer.

And from Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com

Lake Marie was stocked this week with 800 trophy rainbows. In some years this late-season plant will immediately go deep due to warm surface water and not bite well for several days.

As for river salmon, the Rogue River continues to produce well despite the fact that not one keepable salmon has been caught in the ocean out of Gold Beach.

Chinook salmon angling in the Umpqua River between Winchester Bay and Reedsport was much improved last week – possibly due to slightly cooler temperatures – but if water temperatures drop very much, the Chinooks may zip upriver and anglers will no longer have multiple chances to catch them.

Crabbing seems to be improving weekly.

Retention of cabezon was prohibited beginning Saturday morning, August 18, 2018. Total mortality (catch plus discard mortality) of cabezon in Oregon’s recreational bottomfish fishery was projected to meet or exceed the annual recreational harvest guideline of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, August 17. Anglers will be asked to safely release any cabezon encountered.

Fishing for pinkfin (redtail surfperch) in the surf at most of our local beaches continues to be very good.

Smith River is still giving up a few stripers to a select few close-mouthed night anglers, but the best striper fishing recently has been on the lower Coquille River above Bandon. Very few big stripers are being caught.

The albacore tuna season doesn’t seem to be over, but the right ocean conditions to reach them don’t seem to happen very often.

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