COOS RIVER BASIN: Steelhead anglers have been catching fish in the South Fork Coos River and also in the East and West Fork Millicoma rivers. The rains forecasted for this week will most likely bring all the river levels up slightly. The West Fork Millicoma River will be the first river to clear. Anglers have had success catching steelhead on sand shrimp when the rivers are running low and clear.
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.
Fishing for rockfish and lingcod should be good around the jetties and other submerged rockpiles inside the bay.
Crabbing in Coos Bay continues to be slow.
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