Fishing Report: Friday, Feb. 18 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News



THE WHOLE COAST: Friday’s forecast calls for winds up to 15 knots and waves up to 6ft, followed on Saturday by winds up to 20 knots and swells dropping to 4ft. Sunday’s forecast sees winds dropping to 15 knots, but wind waves peak at 5ft with a chance of showers.

The general marine catch limit is five fish in total, with copper, quillback and Chinese rockfish no longer part of the daily limit for boat anglers. Anglers are subject to a different quota for these species and can still keep them. This includes those who fish from the piers. The lingcod limit is two fish over 22 inches.

Pole fishing should be decent this weekend. Sand shrimp and mussels are the best baits, with plastic sandworms and shrimp as secondary choices.

Clam mining is closed from Cape Blanco to the California border due to high levels of domoic acid in the clams. However, the rest of the state is open to clams. Before digging, call the Seashells Hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

The recreational crab fishery is open in the ocean and catches have been excellent in the ocean and bays such as lower Coos Bay in Charleston.


AGATE: The lake got its first stocking of the season last week when 1,000 legal-size trout were released at the county boat launch. Fishing all around the ramp should be good all weekend on Power Bait, worms or anything that smells like hatchery food pellet.

The lake was 42% full on Thursday, with murky water. Electric trolling motors are OK. The park closes at dusk.

APPLEGATE: Hart Tish Park boat launch and dock are closed due to lack of water. The French Gulch and Copper boat ramps are usable and the lake filling schedule is underway. Fish for rainbows with PowerBait or bank worms or slowly drag Tasmanian Devil lures spiced up with a piece of worm. Bass fishing was fair to good with plastic worms and grubs caught slowly on the bottom along rocky points and flats on hot days. The lake is 89 feet from full and flows have been reduced to 150 cfs.

DIAMOND: Ice fishing was very good on clear hard ice. The action was best near the station simply because it’s the best access. Snowmobilers also fish on the south side near the channel.

EMIGRANT: The lake is still bogged down at 7% infill which has all but stopped angling activity. A game of shoal fishing for catfish with chicken livers was good.

EXPO: State wildlife biologists stocked 120 trophy trout in late November. Catch them with Panther Martin lures, single salmon roe or under float worms. Parking fees are required. Further trout stockings are expected in March.

FISH: Ice fishing was good for a mix of rainbow and tiger trout. Pay attention. Fishing is generally best near the springs off the resort and near the Forest Service ramp. Worms and small jigs are usually the best bets. All tiger trout must be released.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is open for angling and the ice is generally good, but always be careful. The lake was populated with 50,000 rainbow fry on October 8. The lake is 6% full. Fishing access is best near the dam. Anglers can keep five trout a day, only one of which is over 20 inches.

Hyatt: The lake was up to 6% full on Thursday. The ice conditions are basically good, but the new inputs have caused cracks. Access is poor. The limit is five trout per day, with only one over 20 inches. No fry trout were stocked last year.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: Ice fishing was good near the resort, mostly for perch, with some trout and bass in the mix. The station is open.

LOST STREAM: The lake received 7,300 more trout in October, including 2,300 trophy trout. Bank fish with PowerBait near the Takelma boat ramp or at the Medco access point near Hwy 62. Wind drift worms over the Peyton Bridge have been good. On Tuesday, the lake was 11 feet below the normal flood control target as flows stabilized at just under 900 cfs in a bid to kick-start this year’s winter fill.

MEDECO: The lake is ice free and was stocked last week with 2,000 legal size trout.

SELMAC: The lake was last stocked with 1,000 legal size trout in mid-May. Fish them with worms or PowerBait.

WILLOW: The lake received another 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout last week, which means trout fishing with worms and PowerBaits continues near the county boat launch. This is where the fish were released.


THUG: The winter rainbow trout fishery has been largely dormant across the river as anglers from Gold Beach to Trail seek rain to raise and warm the river enough to revive a fishery that should get really good. .

Until then, the best bet is in the Lower Rogue River Canyon, where there are reports of beautiful schools of winter rainbow trout waiting for rain. Until then, watch the streams.

Flows at Dodge Bridge were down to 1,028 cfs, and things weren’t much better at the former Gold Ray Dam site at 1,296 cfs on Thursday and 1,238 cfs at Grants Pass. Flows at Agness were a paltry 2,153 cfs. Although the flows should improve a bit, they won’t be the kind of early February flows that bring rainbow trout to the Rogue Valley in droves.

But there are winter rainbow trout. A few get caught by boat and bank anglers in the Agness area who fish slowly at the bottom of deeper canyons and near the heads of pools. Eggs, worms or egg balls are best, with secondary clogs from cold water.

In the lower Rogue, the occasional cool winter rainbow trout is caught daily by those who dive with Spin-Glo’s either from the bank at places like Huntley Park and the old factory site. But that’s not inspiring.

In the upper Rogue, cold low flows haven’t helped attract winter rainbow trout to the area, but some late summers are still here. Additionally, there are plenty of summertime rainbow trout that should be released unharmed.

Rainbow trout movement to Cole Rivers Hatchery remains below 10 new fish per day. It takes more rain to get it all going again.

The Hatchery Hole is open for rainbow trout and summer coho, and a few fish have been caught by nymphaeant fly anglers with ugly bugs and salmon egg tip flies. The Hatchery Hole is permanently closed to all chinook fishing and will only be open to rainbow trout. Baits such as worms and eggs are legal, and it has worked for some coho who are preparing to enter the hatchery.

APPLEGATE: The river is open for winter rainbow trout fishing, and fishing is very slow amid the 150 cfs discharge from Applegate Lake. It’s low and cold. When conditions improve, cast spoons into deeper holes as these fish are sheltered while waiting for better flows. There is no fishing from floating gear, but eggs, worms and plugs, flies and plugs all work for wading anglers.

CHETCO: The river was flowing at a dismal 502 cfs and expected to continue falling throughout the week.

UMPQUA: Flows are low and clear, and winter angling for rainbow trout has slowed significantly in North and South Umpqua.

ELK: Flows were low, clear and cold.


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