An abbreviated version of the weekly “What’s fishin’ in Oregon” roundup for you this week — on deadline for two, no, make that three mags in the coming days — but here are some highlights on what’s going on around the Beaver State now, courtesy of ODFW’s Recreation Report:
- The albacore tuna are currently about 35 or 40 miles off parts of Oregon’s coast and scattered. The average catch for those willing and able to go that far offshore was an average of about 3 per angler out of Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, Florence and Charleston.
- Anglers caught limits or near limits of rockfish out of Garibaldi last week. On the rest of the coast the average catch for rockfish was about three fish per angler. Lingcod fishing was good out of Astoria, where all the anglers surveyed caught limits, but in other ports anglers got one ling for every two or three fishers.
- Anglers out of Astoria caught an average of one chinook salmon for every two anglers and on coho for every three anglers. Other ports surveyed reported catches of about one or two fish for every 10 anglers. Brookings was better with about half the anglers getting a fish.
- The spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery for the central coast (from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain) is closed. It was open 17 days (two days longer than the spring season last year), resulting in the harvest of approximately 111,000 pounds of Pacific halibut. After the most recent opening on June 29-30, only about 9,500 pounds remained in the quota—not enough to have another spring all-depth opening. Instead, remaining quota will be transferred to the nearshore and summer all-depth fisheries.
- Warm water fishing should be a good bet on many are water bodies including Agate Lake, Emigrant Reservoir and Lake Selmac.
- Good early returns of summer steelhead to Cole Rivers Hatchery are a sign of a angling opportunity for upper Rogue anglers. Some of the hatchery fish will be recycled back in to the fishery this week.
- Trout fishing continues to be good at Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs, and Eel, Tenmile, Bradley, Sru and Fish lakes.
- Prefer fishing in moving water? Consider cutthroat trout fishing in the Chetco and Sixes rivers, and streams in the Coos and Coquille basins.
- The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is a premier summer-time fishery with stocked trout, scenery and shade.
- Large numbers of summer steelhead are moving into the upper reaches of the North and South Santiam river system.
- Recent population survey on the Crooked River show lots of 8 to 10-inch trout, with some up the 17-inches.
- Trout and kokanee fishing continues to be good in several area lakes and reservoirs.
- Trout fishing has been good on the Chewaucan, and water levels are perfect on the Blitzen, Sycan and North Fork of the Sprague.
- The Powder River below Mason Dam offers some good early summer trout fishing thanks to the cool water releases from Phillips Reservoir.
- Look for the Hexagenia hatch on the Upper and Lower Williamson.
- For the first time, Anthony Lake has been stocked with a large number of trophy size trout.
- Miller Lake was stocked last week with trophy and legal-sized trout, and will be stocked again this week
- Fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish continues to be good on the John Day River.
- Trout fishing is good on the lower Grande Ronde River, where flows remain a little high but where water clarity and temperatures are good.
- Kokanee fishing on Wallowa Lake has been fair to good and is improving.
- There will be youth fishing event on Jubilee Lake this Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.