Chinook Salmon fishing improving on Umpqua

Fishing Report: Chinook Salmon fishing improving on Umpqua – The best bet for anglers has been the lower Umpqua River system for chinook salmon.

Coming up river, bass fishing continues to be good on warm days and some silvers and summer steelhead are being caught in the North Umpqua River.

Following are reports from sources who deal with the fisheries on a daily basis.

“The fishing has been good. The salmon are jumping like you wouldn’t believe around Bunch Bar, but they’re not biting very well. The bite is best in the early morning and in the late afternoon. The fish are definitely holding and waiting for rain to move upriver.

“Down in the Reedsport area last week, I caught a 38 pounder and my son-in-law Darrell Moore caught a 42 pounder. The bay is just full of salmon, and they’re catching them off the bank. Somebody told me 22 fish were caught off the bank in one day.

“All in all, the fishing has been very productive. Herring has been hard to get so bring your own bait.

“The bass fishing is still good through the Elkton area. They’re slow in the early morning until it warms up.

“The crabbing has been good to good.”

“The silvers are up here. It’s been a slow year, but we’re seeing a few silvers and summer steelhead caught. The biggest silver I’ve seen so far was a 12 pounder. I’ve also seen a few 10-pound steelhead.

“A lot of bigger steelhead will be wandering up when more rain comes.”

Anthony Wilson

Idleyld Trading Post

Idleyld Park
Following is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife weekly fishing report that is compiled by regional fisheries biologists.

Southwest Region

AGATE LAKE: Largemouth bass and panfish are available. Anglers fishing jigs have had success recently on largemouth to 15 inches.

APPLEGATE RIVER: The Applegate River upstream to Applegate Dam is open for trout fishing with a limit of 2 adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout per day, 8 inch minimum length. Nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. The use of bait is allowed. Outflows from Applegate Reservoir are averaging 300 cubic feet per second on Tuesday morning.

APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: Applegate Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, and land-locked juvenile spring chinook salmon are also available, along with bass and panfish. Boaters should be aware that the Hart-tish Campground is closed for the winter, the ramp at Copper is open for small boats only, and work is being done to open the low water ramp at French Gulch at report time. The low water ramp may be open by the weekend.

COOPER CREEK RESERVOIR and PLAT I RESERVOIR: Largemouth bass and bluegill fishing is fair. Plastics worms, jigs and spinner baits are all are working well. Mealworms work best for bluegill.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Chinook salmon are well distributed in COOS BAY and up the SOUTH COOS and MILLICOMA Rivers . Coho salmon are jumping in the bay and adding to the catch. Anglers should be careful with unmarked coho, and attempt to release them without removing from the water. Most anglers are trolling cut-plug herring with flashers for chinook, while coho will also take spinners. Adipose fin-clipped coho salmon (adults or jacks) may be harvested in COOS BAY and lower COOS RIVER up to the Chandler Bridge through Dec. 31.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: Salmon angling continues to be fair in the COQUILLE RIVER , with c hinook making up most of the catch and a few coho mixed in. With recent rains, fish are now distributed above Coquille. Anglers should be careful with unmarked coho, and attempt to release them without removing from the water. Adipose fin-clipped coho (adults or jacks) may be harvested in the lower river up to the mouth of Lampa Creek through Dec. 31. Coho can be caught on pink spinners.

DIAMOND LAKE: Fishing is fair. Successful anglers have been spending most of the day to catch limits. Fish have been caught in the cheese hole and out front of Diamond Lake campground boat ramp. The fish are scattered and trolling needlefish is producing the best.

EMIGRANT RESERVOIR: Emigrant Reservoir is stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, and bass and panfish are available. Some boat anglers have had success on crappie with a slow troll of lures like a lead head jig, but fishing has been slow. Anglers are reminded that crappie less than 8-inches must be released unharmed.

EXPO POND: Bass and panfish are available.

FISH LAKE: Fish Lake is low enough that use of the boat ramp is questionable, but the anglers that continue to fish are catching near limits of stocked rainbow trout. Most anglers are fishing either Powerbait or nightcrawlers.

GALESVILLE RESERVOIR: Largemouth bass fishing is slow, and bass are holding near wood. Senko’s, jigs, and small plastic worms are working best.

HEMLOCK LAKE: Fishing is fair. Fly-fishing with woolly buggers, streamers, and midges should produce well.

HOWARD PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Rainbow trout are available, and fishing should improve as temperatures cool. Fishing has been fair, with anglers catching 15-17 inch rainbow trout on Powerbait.

HYATT LAKE: Fishing should improve for rainbow trout as temperatures cool.

LAKE SELMAC: The lake is stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout, and largemouth bass are available.

LOON LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing is slow. Fish are located near docks and wood. Small plastics work the best. Most fish are small.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: Lost Creek is stocked with rainbow trout, and land-locked juvenile spring chinook salmon also are available, along with bass and panfish.

MEDCO POND: Bass and panfish are available in addition to trout.

PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: For the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain , the Chinook General Season (all salmon except coho) is open from Mar. 15 to Oct. 31 with a bag limit of two salmon per day. Anglers going offshore should be very cautious of bar and ocean conditions. Minimum lengths for chinook and steelhead are 20 inches in the ocean. No more than two hooks may be used, and they must be single-point, single-shank, and barbless.

For the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain , the “All-Depth” sport season for Pacific Halibut will be open every Friday through Sunday until announced closed. All other regulations pertaining to previous “All-Depth” openings are still in effect.

The “Inside 40-Fathom Line” Pacific halibut season runs through Oct. 31, or until a quota of 20,101 pounds are harvested. Sport halibut openings are posted on the ODFW website, www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP and on the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825).

ROGUE RIVER, LOWER: Fishing is pretty slow throughout the lower river. A few anglers are still hitting the estuary with limited success. Anglers are picking up a few adult steelhead, chinook, and coho casting spinners and side drifting eggs from Foster Bar to Lobster Creek. Anglers are reporting about half of the coho being caught are wild. A few chinook have been caught at the mouth of Indian Creek which flows directly into the Rogue Estuary.

ROGUE RIVER, MIDDLE: Summer steelhead are available, and fishing is fair. In addition, the Rogue is open for trout fishing with a limit of five adipose fin-clipped trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. All nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded that fishing for chinook is now closed between Hog Creek and Gold Ray Dam for the remainder of the year.

ROGUE RIVER, UPPER: Outflows at Lost Creek are averaging 900 cubic feet per second on Tuesday morning, and the lower flows should improve angling for summer steelhead throughout the river. A total of 5,059 summer steelhead have passed Gold Ray dam as of September 26. Anglers are reminded that as of September 1, fishing between Gold Ray and Cole Rivers Hatchery is restricted to artificial flies and any type rod or reel per the regulations. Rainbow trout are also available, with a limit of five adipose fin-clipped trout per day, 8 inch minimum length. All nonadipose fin-clipped rainbow and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded that fishing for chinook between Gold Ray Dam and Cole Rivers Hatchery is closed August 1-October 31.

ROGUE RIVER ABOVE LOST CREEK DAM: Fishing should be good for rainbow trout. The limit is five trout per day, 8-inch minimum length, and no limit on the size or number of brook trout taken. The use of bait is allowed.

SODA SPRINGS RESERVOIR: Fishing in the reservoir is good, with brown trout fishing picking up some due to a hatch. Casting flies and may be the best technique right now, and worms fished on the bottom is always a standby.

SOUTH COAST LAKES AND PONDS: Fishing is s low on all south coast lakes as weed growth makes fishing pretty tough.

SOUTH COAST STREAMS: A few chinook have moved into the lower holes of the Chetco River . Anglers are mainly concentrated in the estuary. We have no reports of chinook in Winchuck, Pistol, Sixes, or Elk River estuaries. With the recent showers, cutthroat have been moving to the head of estuaries and lower part of rivers.

UMPQUA RIVER MAINSTEM: Fall chinook fishing is sporadic with success varied each day. Fall chinook is picking up from River Forks Park to Umpqua Boat ramp as fish move up the river. Coho have been caught in the Sawyers Rapid area. Anglers should remember that coho (also called silvers) can only be kept if the adipose fin is missing, indicating a hatchery fish. Fish having an adipose fin must be released unharmed, preferably without being taken out of the water.

UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: Coho are still in small numbers passing the dam. Summer steelhead fishing should improve in the fly water with recent rains.

WHETSTONE POND (DENMAN WILDLIFE AREA ): Bass, bullheads and panfish are available.

WILLOW LAKE : The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, and black crappie and largemouth bass are available.

WINCHESTER BAY : F ishing is good at Winchester Cove in the bay. This fishery provides excellent bank access for all anglers. Bobber and eggs or bobber with herring at slack or high tides have been producing. Crabbing has improved, although many crabs are still in the soft-shell condition.

SHELLFISH

Razor clam harvest opened up south of the Rogue River, but remains closed on COOS COUNTY beaches, spits, jetties, and estuaries due high levels of domoic acidl Harvest of mussels and other shellfish species is open at this timel Always check for health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Shellfish line at 800-448-2474 for updates, as toxin levels are changing rapidly at this time .

Crabbing is good in the estuaries at Charleston and Bandon. Crab quality should improve overall as fall approaches, with more solid meat in the legs

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