COOS RIVER BASIN: Angling is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater until Aug. 31.
A few Chinook salmon have been caught by anglers trolling near the chip pile all the way up to SOMAR on the Coos River. Trolling cut plug herring behind a flasher near the bottom is a good way to catch salmon. This is the beginning of the Chinook salmon run in Coos Bay.
Anglers have been catching a few rockfish along the jetties and submerged rock piles. The marine fish daily bag limit for bottom fish (rockfish) is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Anglers can only keep 3 blue rockfish and 1 canary rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Retention of one cabezon per day is allowed as of July 1.
Crabbing has been decent for those crabbing from a boat with the best crabbing near high tide. There has been a mixture of hard shell and soft shell crab in the catch. It is still recommended you discard the crab viscera (guts/butter) before cooking.
Recreational harvest of bay clams remains open along the entire Oregon coast. 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.