COOS RIVER BASIN: Trout fishing in streams is now closed until May 22, 2017.
The steelhead rivers in the Coos Basin are currently high and muddy. The rivers should be dropping to fishable levels by the weekend if not before. Typically the first winter steelhead are caught sometime around Thanksgiving.
Anglers have been catching a few rockfish along the jetties and submerged rock piles. Fishing for rockfish in the bay has been spotty. 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.
Recreational crabbing has been closed from Tillamook Head to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crabs harvested in bays, estuaries and the ocean.
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.
Recreational harvest of razor clams and mussels is closed from the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. Before any shellfish harvest trip, make sure to check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for any updates.