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See salmon spawn in Oregon rivers

10/22/12 -- Fall Chinook salmon are spawning in local rivers, giving Oregonians a unique wildlife viewing opportunity but you should watch spawning from a short distance so as not to disturbing the fish or their redds. Viewing conditions can be limited after rainstorms, but water usually clears within a few days.

These locations around southwestern Oregon all offer excellent viewing.

Rogue Valley: Fall Chinook spawn in early October through early January. Peak viewing is October through November.

  • Bear Creek off the Pine Street Bridge and downstream of the pedestrian bridge at Railroad Park in Central Point; by the Rogue Valley Mall (McAndrews Road bridge); near Hawthorne Park, and other locations on the Bear Creek Greenway..
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park. Look for spawning salmon on shallow gravel bars.
  • Rogue River at the Reinhart Park pedestrian bridge in Grants Pass.
  • Cantrall Buckley Park on the Applegate River. Peak viewing is late October through November.

Douglas County: October is peak spawning for fall Chinook.

  • South Umpqua River at the Roseburg Visitor's Center, Happy Valley Boat Ramp, Lower Cow Creek (Douglas County road 39) and at Sun Studs on Highway 99.
  • Umpqua River at Myrtle Island/Tyee.

Coho salmon spawn in late November through early December. The following sites can be seen by walking along tributaries. Walking is moderate to difficult.

  • South Umpqua River at Deer Creek, Myrtle Creek, and the Upper South Umpqua below Tiller. Island Creek Day Use Area and Long Fibre Park on Cow Creek are also excellent.
  • North Umpqua River at Little River along Highway 138.
  • Umpqua River at Dean Creek, Scholfield Creek, Paradise Creek, Weatherly Creek, Brush Creek, Calapooya Creek, and Wolf Creek.
  • Smith River at West Fork Smith River, North and Sisters creeks, North Fork Smith River, and Spencer Creek on BLM lands.
  • Winchester Dam Fish Viewing Area

Coos County: Fall Chinook spawn October through mid-December, peaking in mid-November. The best viewing areas include:

  • West Fork Millicoma River beginning with the Millicoma Interpretive Center near Allegany. The Center is wheelchair accessible and kid-friendly. For the next several miles upstream, many spawning areas are visible from a vehicle.
  • The mouth of Glenn Creek about six miles upriver from Allegany.
  • Tioga Creek which can be accessed from Middle Creek Road above Fairview.
  • LaVerne Park on the North Fork Coquille River. Salmon are seen in the swimming hole area and jumping at the falls. They also can be seen spawning above the boulder weirs just upriver from the upper park boundary.
  • Frona Park on the East Fork Coquille River near Dora.
  • Baker Creek Boat Ramp on the South Fork Coquille River.

Coho salmon spawning peaks in December in the Coos River system. In the Coquille River system, coho spawning peaks in late December to early January. Coho can be seen spawning at the following locations:

  • Millicoma Interpretive Center.
  • Marlow Creek. One mile past Allegany, turn left onto County Road which eventually turns into State Forest Road 1000. Salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • LaVerne Park.
  • East Fork Coquille River above the mouth of China Creek, about three miles upriver of Dora.
  • Steel Creek, a tributary of East Fork Coquille River at Dora.
  • Middle Creek above the fish ladder, about two miles upstream from the BLM's Middle Creek Recreation Site. Spawning salmon can be seen from a vehicle.
  • Moon Creek about three miles upriver of LaVerne Park. Salmon can be seen spawning on gravel trapped by logs placed during fish habitat improvement projects as part of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.

Curry County: Fall Chinook spawning in south coast rivers peaks in early to mid-December. Easily accessible viewing areas include:

  • Edson Creek, tributary to Sixes River, about 4.5 miles upriver from Highway 101. Chinook salmon, and occasionally coho, can be seen spawning throughout the lower mile of Edson Creek accessed through the BLM campground.
  • Elk River beginning at Elk River Hatchery. For the next 10 miles upriver, spawning areas are visible from a vehicle and at Siskiyou National Forest campgrounds at Sunshine Creek, Panther Creek, and Butler Bar.
  • Winchuck River beginning at the Siskiyou National Forest boundary about seven miles upriver from Highway 101. Spawning areas are visible from a vehicle upriver for about four miles to the East Fork and at Winchuck Campground and Ludlum House.

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Fishing Reports

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Lewiston Lake, Pine Cove Marina Trout Derby 2014, Joe Woods, Cottonwood, Rebecca Stanhope, Anderson
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
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Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
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Sacramento River Rainbows on hardware
 Sacramento River Rainbow in the net. How did I get here? Let me go!
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07/25/14 -- On Monday I had a Rainbow Trout trip on the Sacramento River in Redding. We started out at the Redding Posse Grounds boat launch at day break! We found consistent Rainbow action on nearly every drift above the launch...Full Story
Eagle Lake Fishing Report
Sunrise at Eagle Lake, Val Aubrey
By Val Aubrey
07/25/14 -- The surface temps dropped lightly over the depths of the south basin this week. This morning I showed surface temps between 68.5ºF and as high as 70ºF. The west side was slightly cooler than the east side by about...Full Story
Sac. River salmon bite ebbs; Rogue flows
 Don Tonelli from San Jose with his king salmon he caught this morning while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Don’s salmon grabbed a sardine wrapped Kwikfish-15 Brad's Killerfish lure.
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Eureka the place to be for saltwater action
The Appy family from McKinleyville recently enjoyed a great day of salmon fishing out of Eureka. The two young anglers, Taylor, age 9, (pictured left) and Harper age 6 landed their first-ever salmon. Pictured right is proud dad Marcus Appy. Photo courtesy of Marcus Appy
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
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Pacific halibut season closes in August
CDFW, woman fisherman holding up large Pacific Halibut
07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story
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Shasta lake Full Pool
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Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee Fishing, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
07/14/14 -- I didn’t get up this morning to go “writing” or even to sit at my editor’s desk at MyOutdoorBuddy. I got up at 3 a.m. to go fishing for kokanee salmon at Whiskeytown Lake with fellow MyOutdoorBuddy reporter, Mike Mogler...Full Story
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I have been getting lots of requests about “How is the fishing? and “Where should I go?” All I can say is that the weather has been hot and the rivers are hotter. I don’t know where the weatherman is getting his information from...Full Story
Lake Oroville still giving up bass
Ron Gandolfi with smallmouth bass taken from Lake Orville. Photo courtesy of Ron Gandolfi,
By Chuck Giles
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By Frank Galusha
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Dare Devil lure
By Gary Heffley
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The Test
John Higley holding trout caught at Lake Eiler, photo by Sharon Higley
By John Higley
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fixings for crawdad boil; potatoes, onions, crawdads. corn spread out on newspaper
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The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
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CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6 05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story
Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay
Furuno Chart Plotter, Humboldt Bay Bar, tides and current chart, Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
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I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me
Life jackets stored below cushion boat seat, BoatUS, Photo is courtesy of BoatUS
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Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
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Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
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Cormorant hazing to protect young fish
eight double-crested cormorant waterbirds standing on a branch in the middle of a body of water
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North Coast Spring Groundfish Report
Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon, Tom Marking and spouse
By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
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First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
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Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
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Kids Fishing Days coming to North State
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Not Just Any Fish
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By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Mt. Shasta Kid’s Fishing Days start June 7 By Gary Heffley
02/05/14—The days are set for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Kid’s Fishing Day at Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. This free annual event is one of my personal favorites and one that I make every effort...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel
Larry Ellis, 37-lb Chetco King taken with Bechhold Rotary Bullet Bait Holder
By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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