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Date 17-Apr-17
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Conditions : COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: Most anglers have stopped fishing for steelhead in the Coquille Basin but recently a few anglers have been catching steelhead on the South Fork Coquille River. Rivers in the Coquille basin are open to steelhead fishing until April 30. In the Coquille basin, one additional hatchery steelhead may be retained per day for a total aggregate of three adult fish harvested daily.

Recreational crabbing is open in the Coquille estuary but crabbing is very slow due to the large amounts of freshwater coming downstream. ignore ignore Fish Event Calendar Follow ODFW ODFW WEEKLY RECREATION REPORT Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing ignore Southwest Zone Map Weekly Recreation Report: Southwest Zone •Fishing •Hunting •Wildlife Viewing August 9, 2016 Southwest Zone Fishing Weekend fishing opportunities: •Anglers can now fish with a second rod in most SW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release. •Anglers trolling the Rogue Bay have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis, and the Chinook have been big this year, with a lot of fish in the upper 20s. •Summer steelhead fishing has been good on the middle and upper Rogue. Fall and Spring Chinook are also available, and trout fishing should be good. As of Aug. 1, angling for all Chinook above Dodge Bridge is now closed. •Surf perch fishing continues to be good off the sand spit at the mouth of the Rogue River. •The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir provides an excellent escape from the valley heat and offers excellent fishing and camping opportunities, with 2,375 trout stocked weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. •Though spring Chinook angling has ended on the North Umpqua, summer steelhead angling has been decent. •Fishing for trout continues to be good at Lost Creek Reservoir for trollers, but fish are now deeper. Bank anglers will want to fish near the spillway as this is the best access to fish in deeper water. Fish should be moving above the Hwy 62 bridge with warming lake surface temperatures. •Diamond Lake trout fishing has been good. •Warmwater fishing should be good in many of the reservoirs surrounding the Rogue Valley. •Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay. •Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River have been heating up the past couple of weeks. Please check online regulations for the most up-to-date information. If your favorite fishing spot is no longer listed It could be the area is closed, inaccessible due or currently offers limited fishing opportunities. These water bodies will return to the recreation report when conditions change. If you believe something is missing, contact us and we’ll find out why. 2016 trout stocking schedules For detailed information about when and where hatchery trout are going to be released, please refer to the 2016 ODFW Trout Stocking Schedules page. Send us your fishing report We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports - the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report. AGATE LAKE: largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, bullheads Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day for bass. Night crawlers and crappie jigs should work well throughout the day. The lake is 49 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout Fishing is slow for trout with dropping reservoir levels and warming summer surface temps. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination. Fishing with bait from shore in the upper reservoir should also produce. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing should be good on small and regular Senkos fished off the points and boulder areas. The lake is 62 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available. APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout The Applegate River is open for trout angling. Two hatchery trout may be harvested per day. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead in streams and must be tagged. Flow out of Applegate Reservoir on Aug. 8 was 324 cfs and 56°F. ARIZONA POND: rainbow trout The pond has been lowered to help control aquatic vegetation. This pond is managed by Oregon State Parks for youth-only fishing. It is located at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area, approximately half way between Gold Beach and Port Orford. Ben Irving Reservoir Ben Irving Reservoir -Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW- BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie Ben Irving has been stocked with 4,000 legal trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbows from previous year stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill should be productive. Try using soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure for positive results. CHETCO RIVER: Cutthroat Anglers willing to venture into some of the bigger tributaries are finding some nice cutthroat. Before heading out, be sure to pick up a Forest Service map, either in Gold Beach or Brookings. COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill Cooper Creek has been stocked with approximately 8,500 legals and 100 “pounder” size rainbow trout in 2016. Fishing for bass and bluegill should be productive. Dropping soft plastics in clear areas among weeds should yield positive results. COOS COUNTY LAKES/PONDS: trout, warmwater fish There are trout available for kids in the Millicoma Pond at the Millicoma Interpretive Center and fishing is excellent. Millicoma Pond is set aside for kids fishing only and is a great chance for them to hook into fish. Please call before traveling to Millicoma Pond to make sure the gates are open. The phone number is (541)267-2557. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills is best in mornings and late evenings. Bass will be found in a little deeper water associated with cover, like weedlines or other structure. Bluegill fishing has been good with many fish found in or near shallow water. Plastic worms, shallow crankbaits, topwater lures, and spinner baits are good to use for bass. Bluegills will bite on worms, small jigs, or flies. COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, salmon Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater. A few Chinook salmon have been caught in lower Coos Bay recently by anglers trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher. This is the very beginning of the Chinook salmon run in Coos Bay. Anglers have been catching a few rockfish along the jetties and submerged rock piles. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of one cabezon per day is allowed as of July 1. Crabbing has been decent for those crabbing from a boat with the best crabbing near high tide. There has been a mixture of hard shell and soft shell crab in the catch. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking. Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from the north jetty of the Siuslaw River south to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates. COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: crab, smallmouth bass, shad Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater, except the use of bait is allowed on the South Fork Coquille. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille. Jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and nightcrawlers will all work to catch smallmouth bass.

Fishing for smallmouth bass has been good in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille. Jigs, crawdad crankbaits, and nightcrawlers will all work to catch smallmouth bass.

Crabbing has been decent for boat crabbers across from Bandon in the lower Coquille. Crabbing will continue to improve in the next few months. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.

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