What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Halibut rejoin the saltwater bag limit starting this Friday off Oregon, but onshore, bass, summer steelhead, trout and walleye await Beaver State anglers.

Here are more highlight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Bass fishing has been good throughout the mainstem and South Umpqua River.
  • Surfperch fishing has been good in Winchester Bay.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have moved into the North Santiam River around Stayton.
  • Good catches of kokanee have been reported recently on Green Peter Reservoir.
  • Summer steelhead are in the Willamette River town run between Springfield and Eugene.
  • Trout stocking of most local valley lakes and ponds has come to an end for the summer due to warm water conditions. Lower and mid-elevation Cascade lakes are still being stocked and provide a good opportunity for trout fishing.
  • July and August are peak months to target largemouth bass in Fern Ridge Reservoir.
  • The cool waters of Breitenbush River, combined with a generous stocking schedule, should mean good trout fishing throughout the summer.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Fly fishers looking for something different might try carp fishing on Taylor Lake.
  • The summer steelhead fishing season on the Deschutes River is off to a strong start and fishing has been good.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing on Campbell Reservoir has been excellent. Also check out nearby Deadhorse Lake to make a day of it.
  • Brown and rainbow trout fishing has been fair to good on the Lower Owyhee River.
  • Fourmile Lake has been fishing well for rainbow, brook and lake trout.
  • Fishing in the high Cascade lakes for brook trout remains excellent.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • While the kokanee in Wallowa Lake have retreated to 40-60 feet deep, fishing remains for kokanee remains fair. The trout fishing, though, has been good.
  • Trout Farm Pond is stream-fed and trout fishing remains good during the warm summer months. It was stocked last week.
  • Warmwater enthusiasts might consider the John Day River where smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing have been good.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Walleye fishing is good in the Troutdale area.
  • Steelhead angling has been good, especially for anglers fishing in the gorge.
  • Fall chinook season opened Sunday August 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.
  • Sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82 in the Gorge from Sunday August 1 through Thursday September 30. Sturgeon angling is prohibited between Marker 82 and Bonneville Dam to protect the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam.

MARINE ZONE

  • The colder nearshore water generated by the upwellings kept tuna well off shore. They are still between 30 and 40 miles offshore. Tuna catches landed in ports on the central coast averaged between two and three fish. The good news is the average size of the tuna is up over last year.
  • Fishing for salmon off the Columbia River was good last week with one in four anglers getting a chinook and nine out of 10 getting a coho. Anglers fishing Cape Falcon to the Oregon/Washington border are now allowed to keep up to two chinook salmon in the bag limit. Daily bag limit is now two salmon per day, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.
  • The summer halibut season from Cape Falcon to Leadbetter Point, Wash., will open three days a week, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 6 through Sept. 26 or the total sub-area harvest reaches 13,436 pounds. On the Oregon coast south of Humbug Mountain, halibut fishing will be open seven days a week, through Oct. 31.
  • The summer sport all-depth halibut season south of Cape Falcon will be open every other Friday and Saturday from Aug. 6 to Oct. 30 or until the entire sub-area all-depth catch limit of 141,265 pounds of halibut is harvested.
  • The statewide daily bag limit on halibut is one fish, with an annual limit of six fish.
  • Even with the fishery moved in to the 20-fathom line, most anglers reported limits or near limits of rockfish. Only about one in five anglers caught lingcod. The fishery beyond the 20-fathom line (as defined in regulation) is closed to minimize catch-and-release mortality of yelloweye rockfish. Anglers may occasionally catch, but cannot keep, yelloweye rockfish while fishing for other species. Yelloweye, along with canary rockfish, are considered overfished by NOAA Fisheries and a certain percentage of those caught and released must be reported as mortality Yelloweye rockfish generally live in deeper waters so bringing the fishery inside 20 fathoms will protect that population while allowing anglers to continue to fish for other bottomfish such as black rockfish and lingcod.
  • The cabezon fishery closed to retention on July 23 because the harvest cap of 15.8 metric tons was met. Sport boat anglers may continue to harvest other legal species such as black rockfish, lingcod and greenling, while shore anglers may still keep cabezon.
  • Waypoints for the 20-fathom line may be found at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/regulations/sport_fishing.
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