What’s Fishin’ In Oregon 10-6-10

(OCTOBER 6, 2010) If you’ve got an unfilled deer tag and a permit to hunt in the Murderers Creek or Silver Lake units, we’d suggest bringing along a rod and reel this weekend.

Anglers have been catching “huge” rainbows out Dead Horse and Slide Lakes recently, ODFW reports.

Dead Horse is south of Summer Lake, Slide southeast of John Day.

But trout aren’t the only thing gnawing on baits in the Beaver State. Chinook fishing continues to be good along the coast, tuna are still biting (we got a report of a good catch out of Brookings last weekend) and so are steelies, coho and spinyrays.

Here are more highlights ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Chinook fishing continues to be very good in both Coos and Winchester Bays.
  • Anglers have been landing chinook and coho on the Coquille River.
  • Fish Lake has been freshly stocked with 900 trophy-sized trout.
  • Recently anglers have reported catching limits of browns and rainbows at Lemolo Lake.
  • Trout fishing also has been good on the Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Siletz River: Fall chinook angling is picking up with fish being caught from the mouth up through tidewater. Recent rains moved new fish in. The wild adult coho fishery is starting to produce more consistent catch rates. Steelhead fishing is fair to good in the upper river. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair with sea-runs found from the bay to upper river.
  • Siuslaw River: Fall chinook angling is consistent with fair to good catch rates. Anglers are catching fish from the lower bay through tide water. Trolling herring or lures close to the bottom can be productive. Cutthroat trout angling is fair with sea-run cutthroat found from the bay into mid river.
  • Tillamook Bay: Angling for chinook is fair to good. Fish are being caught throughout the bay. Trolling herring on the incoming tide in the lower bay is a good bet during soft tide series. Or try trolling spinners in the upper bay on larger tide swings. A few hatchery coho are still being caught, mainly in the upper bay. Chinook are being caught trolling herring near the bottom in the terminal area just outside the bay. The ocean, including the terminal area, is closed for coho.
  • Yaquina Bay: Chinook fishing has picked up and producing fair to good catch rates. Anglers are getting into fish from the lower bay to upper tide water fishing the incoming tide. Cutthroat trout angling remains good.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • ODFW will host a youth angling event Saturday, Oct. 9 at Mt. Hood Pond from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Approximately 1,500 rainbow will be released in the pond in anticipation of this event. ODFW staff and volunteer instructors will be present to provide instruction and fishing equipment to any youngsters who need assistance.
  • Coho are moving into the Willamette River and its tributaries in good numbers and recent rains have improved conditions.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been excellent.
  • On the lower Deschutes River, there are good numbers of summer steelhead from the mouth of the Columbia to the locked gate above Maupin.
  • With the cooler fall weather, trout fishing has been good in several area lakes.
  • Insect hatches on the Fall and Metolius rivers have been prolific, creating good dry fly fishing opportunities.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Anglers have been catching HUGE trout on both Deadhorse and Slide lakes.
  • Rainbow and brown trout fishing have been very good on Miller Lake. Miller is one of the few places in Oregon anglers can target big browns after dark.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing in many area lakes also has improved as with cooler weather.
  • Crappie and bass fishing has been good in McKay Reservoir.
  • Legal-sized and one-pound rainbow trout have been stocked in Peach and Roulet ponds for some extra fall fishing opportunities.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Walleye fishing is good in Troutdale.
  • Catch rates for fall chinook remain high in the gorge.
  • Sturgeon retention opened Friday, Oct. 1 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

MARINE ZONE

  • Most bottom fishers out of Charleston and Brookings came home with limits or near limits of rock fish. The rest of the coast had bottomfish catches of between three and five fish per angler. Lingcod were harder to come by with the best catches being one fish for every four anglers.
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