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 slowed down but a few anglers caught a few bright chinook last week. Most of the anglers targeting chinook are fishing in the Coos River, Millicoma River, and South Fork Coos River. Coho fishing is still good in Coos Bay. Anglers are having the best success trolling cut plug herring or spinners from Empire Ramp to the railroad bridge on the north side of the bay. A few anglers are catching coho near SOMAR and the Chandler Bridge. The wild coho season is open in the Coos Basin until Nov. 30. 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. 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.
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.