What’s Fishin’ In Oregon (5-18-11)

Grandpa’s Recipe For Increasing Fishing License Sales

To the state of Oregon, add:

Generous dollops of angling opportunity;

A sunny, warm forecast for the most populous part of the state;

Tagged fish in two lakes that may be worth merchandise prizes, or perhaps $1 million;

Mix and drizzle over landscape.

With ODFW’s 2011 resident license sales off by 15.5 percent through the end of April compared to the same period last year, the above recipe might just help swell the coffers AND, more importantly, get folks outside this spring.

Here are some of the highlights around the Beaver State, courtesy of the weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • The Rogue River continues to offer good spring chinook fishing.
  • Fishing for big brown trout on Lemolo Lake has been very good.
  • Trout stocking is well underway throughout the zone and fishing has been good at several lakes and ponds including Arizona, Expo and Medco ponds, and Applegate and Fish lakes.
  • Largemouth bass are staging for spawning in the shallows of Tenmile Lakes – there are lots of two to four-pound bass available for anglers crafty enough to outsmart them.

NORTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing should remain good in north coast lakes over the next few weeks as water temperatures remain relatively cool. Coffenbury, Cape Meares, hebo, and Town lakes will be stocked again just prior to Free Fishing Weekend in early June.

TWO HUNDRED "TROPHY" TROUT ARE BEING STOCKED IN OLALLA LAKE OUTSIDE TOLEDO THIS WEEK. THAT'S WHERE RYDER SHARPE AND HIS GRANDPA CAUGHT THIS PAIR OF RAINBOWS EARLIER THIS SPRING. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

  • Tillamook Bay: Sturgeon fishing is fair. Effort was relatively light on the last tide series. Two good low tide series in May should provide good fishing conditions, especially if river flows remain elevated. Fish sand shrimp on the bottom near the channel edges during the outgoing tide, especially during low tide series. Move often to find fish if you are not getting bites. Spring chinook fishing was good in the lower bay and in the terminal area during the softer tide series last week. The upper bay should produce good catches during the upcoming minus tide series. Trolling spinners should be a good bet.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Fishing for spring chinook and catch-and-release sturgeon continues on the Willamette River. Reports indicate that chinook fishing remains good but the sturgeon bite has been red hot.
  • Summer steelhead and spring chinook have entered the Santiam basin and will be the main focus of anglers for the next several weeks.

CENTRAL ZONE

  • Spring chinook seasons are open on both the Deschutes and Hood rivers.
  • Reports of good trout fishing on several popular lakes, including Antelope Flats Reservoir and Crane Prairie, Wickiup, North Twin and South Twin lakes.
  • On the lower Deschutes, trout have moved into the riffles looking for salmonfly and stonefly nymphs, and there are reports of lots of adults in the Maupin area.

DIAMOND LAKE ZONE (Courtesy Diamond Lake Resort)

  • There has been very little angling effort made over the last week because the lake still 99% covered with at least 8 inches of slushy snow and ice.We are making progress but unseasonable cold weather and snow has slowed the spring thaw dramatically. There are some large wet spots showing in the center of the lake which means
    we could have open water there within a week.

    We are still in the “Twilight Zone”, the ice and snow covering the lake is not safe to venture out on, there is very little open water to fish from the shore and all the boat ramps are still iced in 2 ½ feet of snow still covers road #4795 and all USFS campgrounds and boat ramps are still closed due to late season snow fall.

    Dry camping is available at Diamond Lake Resort.

    Warmer weather is forecast for later this week so keep your fingers crossed and get that trout
    rod and reel ready.

    Our best guess is we will have boats on the lake the by Memorial weekend.

LEMOLO LAKE ZONE (courtesy Northwest Sportsman contributor Larry Ellis)

  • “Andy,

    We caught browns like this all day long (May 14).

LARRY ELLIS WITH A LIMIT OF LEMOLO BROWNS. (LARRY ELLIS)

  • This was without a doubt the hottest German brown trout fishing I have ever experienced. Between two of us we conservatively caught 60 brownies. The fish averaged between 11 and 15 inches but we saw salmon-size browns rolling all over the place.
  • My question is with this many browns making a comeback, how big will they be next year?   They should even be a little larger in July.  I talked to two Roseburg gentlemen who have fished this lake for well over 30 years and they told me even the good old days were never this good.

    Best,

    Larry”

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing has been good on Chickahominy Reservoir and it was stocked again last week.
  • Fishing is getting good on Krumbo Reservoir with anglers regularly catching large trout.
  • Heart Lake and Lofton and Holbrook reservoirs are now accessible and while they haven’t been stocked yet this year, there are likely holdover fish available.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • With high water levels limiting opportunities in many rivers, the best bets for weekend fishing may be Wallowa Lake and many of the lower elevation lakes and ponds.
  • Spring chinook are arriving in the Umatilla River in fishable numbers. Anglers should closely monitor river flows and take advantage of the fishing opportunity as soon as the river drops into shape.

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Angling is open for salmon, steelhead and shad in the Columbia River from the Tongue Point line upstream to the Beacon Rock Boundary plus the Oregon and Washington banks upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles Pool.
  • Sturgeon angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to Marker 82.

MARINE ZONE

  • The popular all-depth Pacific halibut fishery on the central coast got off to a good start last weekend; the next open days are May 26-28. The nearshore fishery has also been productive. Landing estimates should be available later this week at the following link: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/estimates/index.asp.
  • Last week private and charter boats alike returned with good catches of rockfish and lingcod with an occasional kelp greenling and cabezon; many anglers had limits or near limits.In an online “ODFW Fishing Report,” one angler reported that bottom fishing out of Charleston was phenomenal using “fake sand shrimp/flies and 12-oz bottom bouncer with 9-inch split tail rubber shrimp.
  • Several anglers fishing out of Charleston and Winchester Bay have been successful in landing ocean caught chinook. Fishing will continue until Sept. 30 from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford.
  • May is an excellent month to go clamming. There is a morning minus tide series from May 14 to the 22. If that weren’t enough, there are two early morning tides on May 30 and 31!
  • Recreational shellfish harvesting status as of May 17:
    • Razor clam and mussel harvesting is open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
    • The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. However, coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten.
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