COOS RIVER BASIN: The wild coho season is open in the Coos Basin until Nov. 30. Anglers are allowed one wild coho per day and two for the season. The wild coho season bag limits are in aggregate with all other wild coho fisheries in the NW and SW coastal basins (not including the ocean season).
A few winter steelhead have moved into the Coos Basin on the last rain. Anglers usually start catching steelhead around the week of Thanksgiving but the best fishing is usually later in the winter. Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River will need to pick up an access permit from the Weyerhaeuser Dellwood office.
Crabbing in Coos Bay has been improved with both crabbers from boats and docks picking up legal size crab. Best places to crab are from the jetties up to the BLM boat ramp off the North Spit.
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.