Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 3620 September 15-30, 2017 - Page 21

VOL.36 • ISS. 20 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 17 SHASTA/WHISKEYTOWN 19 Sept. 15 - 30, 2017 cont. 4 pounds on the first two days of our trip,” said Martinson. As of press time, Lake Shasta is 31 feet from maximum pool and is dropping less than half a foot per day. “I’d heard good things about the kokanee bite at Whiskeytown. I’d never fished Whiskeytown before, but Cal encouraged me to give it a try. The lake is beautiful and super clean. We fished the Whiskeytown on the last day of our trip and were able to boat full limits of salmon in about 3 hours of trolling,” said Martinson. “We focused on the area near the Highway 299 Bridge with Uncle Larry’s Spinners. We started with pink spinners and when the bite died on that color we switched to green. SOUTHERN OREGON ROUNDUP Fall Salmon Season Sparks To Life In Major Rivers ROSEBERG - What promises to be a solid fall river salmon season in southwestern Oregon is just getting underway with the arrival of September. The ODFW reports that salmon fishing in Rogue Bay continues to be pretty good. The majority of salmon are being caught downstream of Hwy. 101. Anglers are mainly using anchovies or anchovies rigged with a spinner blade. Bank anglers have been picking up Chinook on a regular basis fishing from the North jetty or the sand spit. Some of the best lures have been spinners or spoons. Summer steelhead and half pounder steelhead starting moving in good numbers as water temperatures in the river dropped a few degrees. Spinners or flies tend to work the best. On the Middle Rogue, Chinook and Summer Steelhead are available. Chinook angling reports have come in from above and below the Grants Pass Area, with anglers using corkies, back trolled plugs, and back bounced roe. Plugs wrapped with sardine fillet or tuna have had the best luck. Summer steelhead being caught are on plugs, spinners, and drifted night crawlers right now. Chinook fishing in the Umpqua Estuary has begun with a few being caught from the jaws to Reedsport. It is only a matter of time before the bank angling in and around Winchester Bay picks up and some anglers are already giving it a try. Smith River opened to fishing on May 22. Chinook fishing in the lower Smith should start picking up and opened on the first of August. There is no Chinook fishing allowed above the confluence with Spencer Creek in the mainstem Smith nor above Johnson Creek in the North Fork Smith. Recreational Chinook salmon fishing is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. Anglers may have two salmon per day but is closed to retention of Coho except during the selective and non- selective Coho seasons. Anglers have reported catching Chinook outside of Winchester Bay and Charleston last week. The non-selective ocean Coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. runs from Sept. 2-30 with a quota of 6,000 fish. STAMPEDE RESERVOIR Trollers Battle Hefty Kokanee Salmon TRUCKEE – Experienced trollers are hooking limits of kokanee at Stampede, but the males are