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SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Another windy marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend. The Rogue Bay bite has been quite good with catches of Chinook in the 20+ pound range. Lots of jacks as well (that’s a good thing). Winchester Bay and the tide water reaches of the Umpqua up past Reedsport are still getting some 20+ pound Chinook. The middle Rogue has seen some Salmon action at the deep sections like Gold Hill, Finley Bend and through the canyons. Wildfire smoke has been bad from day to day, but avid fishermen are getting Chinook and Summer Steelhead. I’m getting anxious for Fall time half pounder season and hoping the Coho will be in better numbers as well.

Brookings anglers got out on the ocean last Sunday for a few days this week. It’s supposed to be windy and best chances to target the ocean catches will be in the mornings before the afternoon tide change/ winds. Rogue Bay will be a best bet for Chinook.

Winchester bay down to Coos bay might be worth while since it will be the last bit of coho action as it will close Saturday the 28th but will remain open for Chinook. Crabbing out of there has also been good but soft shells are numerous and encouraged to throw back.

Bottom fishing is now restricted to inside the 40-fathom line unless you choose to fish in the offshore longleader fishery. Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, chillipepper, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here. As of July 1, anglers may keep one cabezon (minimum length of 16 inches) as part of their 5 fish general marine fish daily bag limit.

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. Crabbing of the pier and out in the ocean from Bandon harbor has been “off the hook” great! Bottom fish have been on the bite as well and many of the black rock fish are stuffed with feeder fish. Wind might be a factor this weekend so check or call before making plans.

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. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish.

Avid Salmon anglers fishing in between the jetties may be able to pick up a Chinook salmon following bait fish into the Coos estuary. The main run of the Chinook salmon entering the bay is starting to build up and will go through September.

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN- Striper fishing continues 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.

Umpqua River System- There are bass in most stretches of the river system- small mouth angling is fantastic now and Stripper angling on the lower main Umpqua is about over. More and more nice sized Chinook in the 20-30 pounds have been caught as more pressure in the lower river has increased.

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). This past week has seen a greater influx of fish in the river with some nice catches. With cooling temps, salmon may start making their way upriver.

Rogue Bay Chinook fishing has been good most days as we’re in peak season. There has been “excellent quality” with 20 to 30 pounders common. Winds slowed down the action Wednesday and expects it to be rather slow as long as the bar is rough. Give it till early to mid next week. Summer Steelhead and 1/2 pounders have been taken up towards Huntley Park and bank anglers have having success around Indian Creek.


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