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Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Fish scattered through rivers-Bay action slowed

Finally, some much needed rain came last Saturday with well over an inch on the coast and close to it inland which “sweetened” up the rivers and increased flows slightly to get fish moving to their spawning grounds. An influx of half pounders and summer steelhead have been noticed by anglers in the Rogue River to Hog Creek holes. The Rogue has been dropping since Sunday and is now back to pre-rain level around 900 cfs and 1 ntu. A decent marine forecast for most of the Southern Oregon coast is expected through the weekend so ocean fishing will be on again for halibut, salmon, and rock fish. Coho in the Coos river basin has improved to good this week.

A decent upcoming weekend is forecast for getting out on the ocean to catch a variety of sport fish- salmon, halibut, rockfish can all be had. Check out the new regs on halibut below.

Ocean Chinook salmon fishing remains open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain through Oct. 31. The non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain is open from Sept. 17 through the earlier of Sept 30 or attaining the quota. As of Sept. 12, there is 69 percent of the quota remaining.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082 reports that last weekend rains got fish on the move for both the Chetco estuary and Rogue Bay therefore decreased success earlier in the week was the norm. The ocean has been a bit rough but is looking more promising for the weekend and expects boats to get out and catch some halibut and nice sized ling cod.

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

Crabbing is going great with lots of hard shells and limits!

Big swells have kept the smaller boats off the ocean in Bandon, but the larger ones that do get out are targeting nearshore halibut, bottom fish to a decent success according to Tony. Conditions are looking better for this weekend.

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:

Good numbers of coho in the bay and lower stretches of the river have been reported this week. 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. There has been increased numbers of 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. Rain in the forecast is expected to improve the bite.

CHETCO RIVER: Rain from last weekend helped river flow but just barely. Some boat anglers working the green can into the harbor have caught a few salmon. 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.

Jim at Rogue Outdoor Store Gold Beach, Oregon 541-247-7142 reports the Rogue Bay has slowed dramatically after the rain event last weekend which Jim said was to be expected. Fish lingering in and out of the bay moved upriver, but he expects it’s not over yet!

Anna Alisa from Salmon Harbor Tackle & Winchester Bay Charters 541-271-2010 reports that both the river and ocean salmon bite have “slowed at best” but is expected to improve now that the river flows are more consistent, and all the grass and debris has flushed out. Improving ocean conditions for the weekend look promising.

See our full Oregon and SW Washington summary here.
 
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