COOS RIVER BASIN: Trout season is open in the Coos Basin rivers until Oct. 31. The daily limit of trout in streams is 2 fish over 8-inches and anglers can now use bait in all streams and rivers in the Coos Basin.
Chinook salmon fishing has been very good on the incoming tide the past week for anglers trolling cut plug herring. Anglers were catching Chinook from the Highway 101 Bridge all the way up to the forks of the Millicoma and South Coos rivers. There were lots of jacks caught over the past week but several 20-30 pound Chinook also. The wild coho season opened in the Coos Basin on September 15. There are several coho near the railroad bridge on the north side of the bay. Trolling a pink spinner is a good way to catch coho. The daily bag limit for wild (unclipped) coho is 1 per day and 2 for the season.
Crabbing in Coos Bay has been good with boat crabbers picking up limits. The best crabbing has been near the jetties but crabbers are getting legal size crab all the way up to the BLM Boat Ramp.
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. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.