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Date 06-Aug-17
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Conditions : DIAMOND LAKE: Trout fishing continues to be excellent. A significant portion of fish caught have been larger than 12-inches. Trolling lures and bottom fishing with PowerBait across all depths continue to be productive angling methods. Diamond Lake has been stocked with tiger trout. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced tui chub. Tiger trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately and unharmed if caught. 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 October 3, 2016 Southwest Zone Fishing Weekend fishing opportunities: • Coos Bay Boardwalk Coos Bay Boardwalk -Photo by Kathy Munselt, ODFW- Bank anglers are also catching salmon at the Coos Bay city boardwalk, Isthmus Slough, and mouth of Daniels Creek. •900 trophy trout were recently released in Fish Lake. •Anglers can now fish for salmon with a second rod in most SW Zone streams through Oct. 31 if they purchase a two-rod endorsement for $21.50. News release. •Fishing for trout has been improving at Howard Prairie Reservoir as temperatures have cooled. Trout in the 14-19 inch range are being caught by both bank anglers and trollers. •The upper Rogue has been fishing fairly well for summer steelhead with low pressure. •Chinook fishing has been spotty in the tidewater portions of the mainstem Umpqua River •Coho are being caught in decent numbers in the lower Umpqua but only hatchery coho may be harvested. •Bottom-fishing as well as surf perch fishing has been good at Winchester Bay. •Bass fishing in Tenmile Lakes and on the Coquille River has been good. 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 20 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout Fishing for trout should start picking back up with the decreasing reservoir temperatures. Trout anglers will want to try trolling, with a good bet being a wedding ring/bait combination early in the morning. 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 26 percent full. The Hart-Tish, Copper, and French Gulch boat ramps are available. The concessionaire at Hart-tish Park has closed camping for the season but the boat ramp should still be available. APPLEGATE RIVER: steelhead, trout The Applegate River is open for trout angling but closed to Chinook and steelhead angling. Wild trout must be released unharmed. Rainbow trout over 16 inches are considered steelhead and must be released through Dec. 31. 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: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie Ben Irving has been stocked with 5,000 trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbows from previous year stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill will slow with dropping temperatures. Try using soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure for positive results. CHETCO RIVER: Chinook, Cutthroat The Chetco River Bubble fishery runs October 1, 2, 3 and October 8, 9 this year. This is an ocean fishery, so anglers need to check regulations and weather prior to heading out. The estuary fishery has been good this year and should continue to improve into October. A few Chinook have move into some higher tidewater holes. COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR: rainbow trout, bass, bluegill Cullaby Lake Cullaby Lake -Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW- Cooper Creek has been stocked with over 10,000 rainbow trout in 2016. Fishing for bass and bluegill will slow with dropping temperatures. Dropping soft plastics in clear areas among weeds should yield positive results. COOS RIVER BASIN: Dungeness crab, bay clams, rockfish, salmon Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Fishing with bait is now allowed in streams above tidewater. Most of the Chinook salmon fishing is occurring in the Coos River and Millicoma River. Bank anglers are also catching salmon at the Coos Bay city boardwalk, Isthmus Slough, and mouth of Daniels Creek. The bite has been spotty for the past month but can be very good if you are in the right place. Trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher near the bottom is a good way to catch salmon. A few hatchery coho have been caught in the lower Coos Bay this past week. There is no season this year for wild coho in Coos Bay but anglers may harvest hatchery coho. 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 continues to be very good for people crabbing from boats. A few legal size crab have been caught off the docks in Charleston. 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 and mussels is closed from the entire Oregon coast 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, salmon Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Fishing with bait is now allowed in streams above tidewater. Anglers have been trolling for Chinook salmon on the Coquille River from Bandon up to Arago Boat Ramp. Fishing for salmon has been very sporadic this past week. A few hatchery coho have been caught in the lower Coquille. There is no season this year for wild coho in the Coquille but anglers may harvest hatchery coho. 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. DIAMOND LAKE: trout As part of the new regulation simplification process, Diamond Lake is now back to the Southwest Zone regulation of 5 trout/day. Anglers that are planning on taking a trip to Diamond Lake should check with the Umpqua National Forest (541-498-2531) or Diamond Lake Resort for information on seasonal camp and ramp closures. Fishing has been good. Most anglers have had success using Powerbait or trolling small lures.

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About: - Diamond Lake is located just 5 miles north of Crater Lake National Park on highway 138. Since the early 1900s, Diamond Lake has been the premier trout fishing destination for generations of Oregonians. An infestation of tui chub in the early 1950s put a damper on angling for several years until the lake was successfully treated with the fish toxicant rotenone in 1954 and restocked with rainbow trout. Nearly 40 years of excellent fishing and water quality followed until chub were again discovered in the lake in 1992.

Boat launches: 5 public boat ramps are located on Diamond Lake. The North End Boat Ramp has a concrete jetty for shoreline fishing and is designed for persons with disabilities. Three fish cleaning stations are available.

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Misc Info: - Starting May 1, anglers can keep more trout from Diamond Lake for the 2011 season. An ODFW temporary rule May 1 – Oct. 27 lets anglers keep eight legal-sized trout per day instead of five. The rule still allows just one trout over 20 inches.

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