Anglers Wait For Salmon To Gain Momentum
River anglers in southwestern Oregon are hooking king salmon these days, but the action is far from hot. The best salmon fishing is right around the corner. Until big numbers of kings surge in trout, bass and coastal bottom fish represent viable options for south state anglers.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, a few chinook have been caught in the Coos Bay estuary from the jetties upstream to SOMAR (Coos River). Anglers trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher are having the best success. There are not a lot of anglers on the water yet but this is the early part of the run. The Coos Bay chinook fishery peaks in September.
There are a few anglers trolling for salmon on the lower Coquille River. Anglers with the best success have been trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher near Rocky Point Boat Ramp. Overall the salmon fishing has been slow. The fishing should pick up in the next couple of weeks.
On the saltwater scene, the recreational Dungeness crabbing is open in the ocean. Crabbing has been better in the ocean than inside the local bays.
Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, and lingcod is now closed outside of the 30 fathom curve until Sept. 30. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily 2 fish limit for lingcod. Retention of 1 cabezon per day is now allowed. Fishing for bottom fish has been a little slower this past week.
Chinook salmon fishing in the ocean has been very good near Coos Bay and Winchester Bay. Trolling with cut plug herring will work well. Don’t forget, when salmon fishing in the ocean your hooks must be barbless.
Trout anglers have been nailing browns at Lemolo Reservoir. Brown trout are averaging 16 inches or more but a nice 24-inch brown was also taken recently. The rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches depending on the stock. People are also catching 13 to 15 inch kokanee, with some up to 20 inches by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook. The boat ramps are open as East Lemolo and Poole Creek Campgrounds.
From now through Nov. 1, Lemolo has a 5 trout per day, daily limit. A combination of brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee can be harvested to make up this 5 trout limit. Only 1 trout over 20 inches can be harvested per day. For information on fishing conditions, contact Lemolo Lake Resort at (541) 957-8354. For information on campgrounds contact the USFS at (541) 498-2515.
Trout fishing has been slow in Tenmile Lakes due to warm water temperatures. One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged and released into Tenmile Lakes this spring for a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. The trout were tagged with 2-inch long, blue, numbered tags that when caught by anglers can be redeemed for a prize at the marina.
Bass fishing has been decent for anglers in Tenmile Lakes. Largemouth bass can be found in both shallow and deep water near weed lines and/or submerged logs. Five or six inch Senko’s are a good bait to use to catch bass in Tenmile Lakes. Anglers should also try to use crankbaits to catch bass.
Summer is the time for fishing panfish and bass at Lake Selmac. A wide variety of lures such as plastic worms, grubs, and jerk baits can be used to target the lake’s trophy bass. Crappie jigs or bait suspended below a bobber are effective for the crappie and bluegill. Bullheads can be taken by fishing bait on the bottom. Don’t forget that many warmwater fish can be found close to shore near cover. Anglers can mistakenly cast out past the fish at lakes like Selmac.
Trout fishing at Fish Lake was good despite warm weather and warm water. Two anglers reported limits caught on Wedding Ring/worm combos, one trolled behind a Ford Fender. The catch included precocial steelhead, pounders released last May, and legals. Fish were rising for a hatch from 11-1 PM and were caught near the surface. Trout anglers are also catching fish still fishing bait from boats in deeper water.Back To Reports