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SW Oregon Fishing Report​

Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Windy and near gale marine forecast for most of the Southern coast is expected through the weekend. Charters out of Bookings have been cancelled at least through Saturday. The Rogue Bay is at its peak now with a good steady bite from last weekend but has tapered down since the winds have picked up mid-week. Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua are still getting some good crab catches and 20+ pound Chinook from the bay bar up through tidewater. The middle to upper Rogue has seen a little more Summer Steelhead action, but valley smoke has deterred many from recreating on the river.

It’s going to be gale force winds through Saturday at least, so ocean opportunities for bottom fish, halibut, tuna or salmon is off the table. Last Thursday until this Tuesday, boats were getting halibut, bottom fish and even tuna within 20 miles, but all of that’s changed until at least early next week.

Nearshore halibut season is currently open seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line. Anglers have been picking up nearshore halibut in the Coos Bay/ Winchester bay area. Winds have been a big factor so far, but this weekend looks very promising if fog doesn’t keep you off the ocean. When conditions are good, halibut are being caught in the 15-25 pound range with an occasional fish into the 40’s and 50’s. It’s best to go early before the wind picks up and gets ugly.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is still doing well when ocean conditions provide. The valley heat this week has made for morning fog and temps into the mid 50’s and a flatter ocean. It’s expected to be similar into Sunday.

Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the mainstem Coquille River. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on smallmouth bass in the Coquille River. It’s recommended to catch and keep as many as one can to help keep the population at bay since these fish are not salmon, trout, and steelhead friendly.

COOS RIVER BASIN: Boat and bank anglers (on the jetty) are still catching rockfish and an occasional ling cod inside lower Coos Bay.

Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following baitfish into the Coos estuary. The majority of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is in late August and September.

Trout fishing in streams and rivers remains open through Oct. 31. Anglers fishing above the head of tide are restricted to using artificial lures and flies. Water temperatures are already in the mid-70s in the upper tidewater. Tenmile Lakes– The lake water temperatures has increased to lower 70s where most largemouth bass have moved to their summer locations.

Surf perch- Perch fishing is has slowed but can still produce in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua and Coquille. Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty and dropping down bait.

Salmon- Chinook and Coho is on. Fishing out in around 100′-150′ deep out from the river mouths and troll plug cut herring behind a flasher 10-15 feet down, you’ll be in the target zone.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing has improved in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. There is no size limit or daily bag limit on striped bass. Smallmouth bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass in the South Fork Coquille below the mouth of the Middle Fork and in the main stem Coquille River.

Rogue Bay Chinook fishing has been steady and seems to be about at it’s peak. There has been “excellent quality” with 20 to 30 pounders common.

UMPQUA RIVER System– Surf perch fishing in Winchester bay is fair at best. Trollers in the lower reaches of tide water are catching some nice Chinook in the 20+ pound range lately (according to Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle).

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