COQUILLE RIVER BASIN: Streams in the Coquille Basin are open for trout although there is a 2 p.m. fishing closure for trout, salmon, and steelhead in streams above tidewater. Most of the larger rivers will be too warm for trout and the water level in many of the smaller streams is extremely low. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures in streams above tidewater.
A few Chinook salmon have been caught on the lower Coquille River near the Highway 101 Bridge up to Rocky Point Boat Ramp. Anglers have been trolling cut plug herring behind flashers to catch salmon. This is the start of the salmon run into the Coquille and fishing will continue to improve in the next month.
The 2 p.m. stream closure does not affect anglers fishing for smallmouth bass or other warmwater fish species. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the Coquille Basin. The best fishing is in the South Fork and upper mainstem Coquille rivers. Anglers are reporting catching 20-40 smallmouth bass per day on jigs, crankbaits, spinner, and worms (bait is legal in tidewater). There is no size limit or bag limit on smallmouth bass in the rivers of the Coquille Basin.
Crabbing has been good from a boat in the Coquille River near Bandon. Crabbing should continue to pick up throughout the summer. If you dont have a boat Webers Pier is a great place to throw out you crab pots.