Coos Bay Produces Kings And Halibut
Saltwater fishing has been productive for south state anglers. River anglers had increased success targeting fall salmon this week, while lake anglers caught a mix of bass, panfish and trout. Things will only get better as the days get shorter and water temperatures drop.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that chinook fishing in the Coos Bay estuary was very good last week. The best fishing occurred near the McCullough Bridge up to SOMAR (Coos River). There are also a few salmon higher upstream on the South Fork Coos River and Isthmus Slough.
Anglers trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher are having the best success. A few anglers have caught big California halibut, up to 30 pounds, while trolling the deep water channel for salmon. The wild coho season started in the Coos Basin on Sept. 15.
The recreational Dungeness crabbing is open in the ocean. Crabbing has been better in the ocean than inside the local bays.
Crabbing in Coos Bay is starting to pick up. Crabbing off the docks still continues to be slow. Best places to crab are from the jetties up to the BLM boat ramp off the North Spit.
Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.
Winchester Bay has been good for chinook fishing in the ocean. A few fish are also starting to enter the freshwater and bank anglers at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point are beginning to have some success.
Trout season for streams in the Coquille River Basin is open until Oct. 31. The daily limit for trout caught in streams is two per day and all streams and rivers in the basin are open to use of bait. The wild coho season opened in the Coquille Basin on Sept. 15.
Smallmouth bass are biting on the Mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass anglers can keep in the Coquille Basin.
Salmon anglers have been picking up a few chinook trolling cut plug herring on the lower Coquille River. Anglers are having the best success trolling near Rocky Point Boat Ramp. Overall the salmon fishing has been slow. The fishing should pick up in the next couple of weeks.
Trout fishing has been slow in Tenmile Lakes due to warm water temperatures. One hundred hatchery rainbow trout were tagged and released into Tenmile Lakes this spring for a tagged fish contest sponsored by Ringo’s Lakeside Marina. The trout were tagged with 2-inch long, blue, numbered tags that when caught by anglers can be redeemed for a prize at the marina.
Bass fishing has been decent for anglers in Tenmile Lakes. Largemouth bass can be found in both shallow and deep water near weed lines and/or submerged logs. Five or six inch Senko’s are a good bait to use to catch bass in Tenmile Lakes. Anglers should also try to use crankbaits to catch bass.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good in Tenmile Lakes recently. Anglers are catching lots of yellow perch fishing right on the weed lines in 10 to 16 feet of water. The best baits are jigs and/or night crawlers fished on or near the bottom. Some of the yellow perch being caught are running 12 to 15 inches.
At Lemolo Reservoir, fishing has been good. Brown trout are averaging 16 inches or more but a nice 24-inch brown was also taken recently. The rainbows are 12 to 16-plus inches depending on the stock. People are also catching 13 to 15 inch kokanee, with some up to 20 inches by trolling deeper water with a small spoon and single hook. The boat ramps are open as East Lemolo and Poole Creek Campgrounds.
At Lost Creek Reservoir trout fishing was red hot last week upstream of the Hwy 62 Bridge. Boat anglers still fishing with green or rainbow PowerBait had good success within the first couple hundred yards of where the river enters the reservoir. Trolling with red and green wedding ring/worm combinations behind weights and weight/dodger combinations produced fish in most areas above the bridge.
Summer is the time for fishing panfish and bass at Lake Selmac. A wide variety of lures such as plastic worms, grubs, and jerk baits can be used to target the lake’s trophy bass. Crappie jigs or bait suspended below a bobber are effective for the crappie and bluegill. Bullheads can be taken by fishing bait on the bottom. Don’t forget that many warmwater fish can be found close to shore near cover. Anglers can mistakenly cast out past the fish at lakes like Selmac.Back To Reports