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Contributor Jeff Rome reports

It’s starting to look and feel like Fall time! Half pounders and summer steelhead are present throughout the Rogue River as well as some Fall Chinook below Hog Creek. The river has raised slightly 1450 cfs as of today and has cooled down to the low 50’s. The Rogue Bay is still producing Chinook along with coho although the bite has slowed but still worth a try since ocean probability is low for the weekend. The Coos River has also been picking up. There’s ample opportunity for salmon and steelhead throughout the Rogue and coastal rivers. Some of the lakes and ponds are still fishable and one can try for some left over trout and some panfish action.

The past week’s rain and storm conditions kept most boats off the ocean that wanted to target tuna, halibut and rock fish. This weekend doesn’t look so good either. September which normally is low wind month has not been the norm so far…. at least it’s keeping the halibut quota for being met. Conditions for any of the south coast port will need to be checked on a day-to-day basis.

Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon- 541-347-2875 provides a latest fishing update:

Crabbing was off a couple of days after the recent rain but every day is getting better with lots of hard shells and limits!

Tony heard that the Coos River has been producing some jacks and a fair number of coho and the Chinook catches have remained slow.

Tony also mentions that the Port of Bandon along with the Coquille Indian tribe are combining efforts to increase Chinook returns by implementing a seining project at Ferry Creek to capture Chinook and transfer up river. Last week there was 8 Chinook netted and relocated.

Stripper fishing in the lower stretches of the Coquille continue to bring catches to those wanting to target them. Salmon fishing is closed to the entire river due to low returning numbers.

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.

Chinook catches continued spotty in the Coos Basin with most salmon anglers working the Marshfield Channel and in the Coos River. Salmon anglers fishing near Empire and the airport have been catching coho. Salmon anglers are allowed 2 wild Chinook per day and 10 for the season in the Coos Basin this year. 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.

CHETCO RIVER: Rain from last week stirred up a little action, but until major rain get the river up and moving, fish are holding up outside the mouth. Some boat anglers working the green can into the harbor have caught a few salmon trolling anchovy. Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31. One wild adult Chinook per day and two for the rest of the year. All other zone regulations still apply including the bobber rule. The ocean-terminal ‘bubble’ fishery will not be open this year.

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. There is no size limit or daily bag limit and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark. 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.

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Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store
– Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 reports: the Rogue Bay has slowed dramatically after the last rain but is optimistic that the (proverbial) Fat Lady might just be warming up and not sung yet. Boat action is down to under 50 working the bay area. Fish lingering in and out of the bay moved upriver but some new fish and some late bigger fish is what he expects anytime.

Steelhead fishing for both summer and half pounders are in full swing throughout the middle river. Flows from last weekend’s rain bumped slightly and helped move fish around. Flow is back to around 1250 cfs. Bank anglers targeting the pocket water by large boulders.

Chinook fishing is closed from Fishers Ferry upstream to Cole Rivers Hatchery through the end of the year. Anglers can only retain hatchery trout (5 per day) and hatchery steelhead. Summer steelhead has improved with both bank and boat anglers catching some nice fish after the rain last weekend. Anglers are encouraged to be mindful of spawning spring Chinook salmon and avoid disturbing these fish as they spawn over the next month. Especially with the extremely low flows, boat anglers are encouraged to fish below Shady Cove, and preferably Dodge Bridge as drift boats and rafts may drag bottom in some shallow riffles.

UMPQUA RIVER System– The main is restricted to one wild adult Chinook per day and five per year. There is no retention of wild coho in the Umpqua this year. Bass fishing throughout the Umpqua basin is great.

Find our complete Oregon and SW Washington summary for the week right here.
 

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