COOS RIVER BASIN: The recent rains have kept the Coos Basin rivers high and muddy for most of the last week. River levels are projected to drop through the rest of this week and all the Coos Basin rivers should be fishable by the weekend. In the Coos Basin, from Dec. 1 through April 30, anglers may keep one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day for a total aggregate of 3 adult fish harvested daily. Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to pick up an access permit from the Weyerhaeuser Dellwood office.
The recent heavy rains has brought a lot of freshwater into the lower bay. This might make it a little tougher to find bottom fish inside the bay. Anglers should concentrate fishing around high tide and near rockpiles next to deep water.
Crabbing in Coos Bay has been slow especially with the recent heavy rains. Crabbers should set their traps in near or in the deep water for best success.
Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway, and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay. For more information on shellfish in Coos Bay click on the following link: Shellfish Assessment of Coastal Oregon
In a cooperative effort including ODFW and OSU researchers, hundreds of red rock crabs have been tagged with a small blue floy tag in Charleston to gain an understanding of their growth, age, movement, population size, and fishery. Red rock crabs are native to Oregon and are found in only a few Oregon estuaries. If you catch a tagged red rock crab please contact the ODFW Charleston office at 541-888-5515.