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SW Oregon Fishing Report - Contributor Jeff Rome reports:


Rain is coming and will get fish moving.


Summer Steelhead and Half pounders are scattered in the lower Rogue and up through Grants Pass and up through Gold Hill area. Dropped river flow from last week's 1400 cfs is now down to 816 cfs as of today. Rain is in the forecast for this weekend with some totals over an inch on the coast and hopefully significant amounts to help with the numerous wildfires. The rain at the coast is expected to move the bay hovering fish upriver to spawning grounds. I suspect that the next couple of weeks should be good for half pounder fishing. A blustery marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be off the agenda. Non selective coho season opened back up September 10th with both Chinook and coho catches were excellent last weekend mostly towards Coos Bay and North. My best bet would be to try out your rain gear (in prep for winter steelhead season) and try some river fishing on the Rogue anywhere from the bay on up through Gold Hill.


Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082, suggests a window of opportunity Labor Day into this week has led to excellent halibut catches and bottom fish The weekend at least through Saturday looks good for getting out and targeting halibut, bottom fish, or salmon. The Rogue Bay is still producing Chinook with lots of jacks in the mix. Half pounders are between Lobster Creek and Agness and will be moving upriver.


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.


The limited wild coho season started in Coos Basin on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. Anglers will be allowed to harvest 1 wild coho per day with 2 for the season in the Coos Basin. There have been a few wild coho in the estuary around the airport and in Marshfield Channel.


Diamond Lake-Colder temps and lower lake level is making trout catches more challenging. Fly fishers seem to be doing slightly better and will be mostly in mid-morning or late evening.


COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing is starting to pick up again in the lower Coquille River. Striped bass can be found in the river from near Johnson Mill Pond to Rocky Point in the lower estuary.


On the upper Rogue, anglers are catching trout and summer steelhead. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. It’s been a pretty good august for steelhead anglers and should only improve through September.


Check out Jeff's detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week's paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!
 
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