COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: Trout season is open in the Coquille 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 Coquille Basin.
Chinook salmon fishing has been slow in the lower Coquille River from Rocky Point to Bear Creek for anglers trolling cut plug herring. The wild coho season opened in the Coquille Basin on Sept. 15. Fishing should pick up in the next couple of weeks.
Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the mainstem and South Fork Coquille rivers. Small spinners or jigs have been working well to catch smallmouth bass. There is no size limit or bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River Basin.
Crabbing has been good in the lower Coquille estuary. Dock crabbers are picking up a few legal-sized Dungeness crab at Webers Pier along the waterfront in Bandon.