AGATE LAKE: Fishing for warmwater gamefish should be good, with the best fishing occurring early and late in the day for bass. Night crawlers and crappie jigs should work well throughout the day. The lake is 16 percent full and the boat ramp is open from dawn until dusk. The boat ramp is useable.
BEN IRVING RESERVOIR: Ben Irving has been stocked with 5,000 trout this year, and there are still opportunities to catch rainbows from previous year stockings. Warmwater fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill will slow with dropping temperatures. Try using soft-plastics and swimbaits around structure for positive results.
DIAMOND LAKE: Fishing has been good. Most anglers have had success using Powerbait or trolling small lures. Diamond Lake was stocked with around 300,000 fingerling rainbow trout in early June, and there are plenty of legal-sized holdover trout currently in the lake. Diamond Lake was stocked with Tiger Trout in early June. These fish are intended to assist in controlling illegally introduced Tui Chub. Tiger Trout are catch-and-release only and need to be released immediately unharmed.
ELK RIVER: Rain this week should improve river conditions and get some Chinook moving.
FISH LAKE: Water clarity at Fish Lake has been improving, but algae is still present. 900 trophy trout were released the week of Sept. 19-23. The reservoir is now at 19 percent full and submerged stumps are showing. The USFS ramp at Fish Lake is mostly useable by trailered boats but the marina is closed until mid-Novemeber.
FLORAS LAKE: As waters cool this fall, anglers can expect trout fishing to improve. Look for trout to move from deeper waters and start feeding along weed lines. This lake is best fished by boat. Anglers can launch at an improved boat ramp at Boice Cope County Park. Boat anglers are reminded to clean all aquatic vegetation off their boats and trailers before heading home to help control the spread non-native plants and animals.
LEMOLO RESERVOIR: This reservoir is stocked several times a year with rainbow trout of various sizes, and the lake was stocked with 4,500 rainbow trout in 2016. There are also excellent opportunities to catch large brown trout in Lemolo with many anglers having luck trolling in deeper areas of the reservoir or casting spinners from shore.
LOON LAKE: Loon Lake was stocked with 7,500 legal size rainbow trout this year. The lake should offer decent fishing for crappie, bluegill and bass. Anglers should use slow presentations with lures or bait for best results.
PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES: Recreational harvest of crab is open along the entire Oregon Coast. The ocean is closed for Dungeness crabs from Oct. 16- Nov. 30. Recreational harvest of razor clams and mussels is closed from the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates. Recreational ocean salmon fishing from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open for Chinook salmon through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season closed on Sept. 30. The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. As of Oct. 17, 2 percent of the nearshore quota remains. The Summer All-Depth Halibut season had 10 percent of the quota remaining as of Oct. 17. Please monitor the marine zone updates for season information. As of Oct. 1, fishing for bottom fish opened back up to all-depths. Fishing for black rockfish has been good from Coos Bay south to Bandon. Fishing for ling cod has been decent.
PLAT I RESERVOIR: Plat I was stocked with 4,500 legal size trout this year. In addition to trout fishing, the lake also has good bass fishing. Anglers may have success catching trout and bass with bait such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers where access is available.
SMITH RIVER, Umpqua: Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures above tidewater. Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead is allowed in tidewater. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only. The daily limit for striped bass is two per 24 hour period. Trout is catch-and-release up to Sisters Creek. Chinook opened Aug. 1 in the North Fork up to Johnson Creek and in the mainstem up to Spencer Creek. There have been reports of decent catches of fall Chinook below Spencer Creek in the mainstem Smith.
UMPQUA RIVER, MAINSTEM: The mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Chinook fishing has been pretty slow in the tidewater portions of the mainstem. There have been reports of good numbers of coho being caught in the lower Umpqua and please remember that only hatchery coho may be harvested. Smallmouth bass angling should offer excellent harvest opportunities into the fall months. Trout fishing is catch-and-release only in the mainstem and closed Sept. 15 in the tributaries.
UMPQUA RIVER, NORTH: Chinook fishing on the North Umpqua closed on June 30. Summer steelhead angling has slowed down but there are still hatchery summer steelhead harvest opportunities around Rock Creek and in the fly water. Please remember all wild steelhead must be released unharmed. Note that from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 through June 30, fishing in the fly water area is restricted to fly angling only with a single barbless fly.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH: The South Umpqua closes from Sept. 16 through Nov. 30 to protect spawning fall Chinook salmon.
WINCHESTER BAY: Fishing for bottom fish in the Triangle and South jetty has been successful.