Coos River Fishing Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-17-2017
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Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater starting Sept. 1. Anglers may harvest two trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Angler effort has slowed down for salmon fishing on the Coos estuary. Anglers are still having some success catching Chinook salmon trolling on the Coos River. The salmon bite seems to be the best around high tide. Bank anglers are catching Chinook salmon at the mouth of Daniels Creek, Isthmus Slough, and the Coos Bay City Boardwalk. There are a few wild coho in the lower to mid-estuary. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is closed because the quotas for several species have been reached. This includes the ocean along with bays and estuaries. On Oct. 1, recreational bottomfishing will reopen outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “long-leader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. More information about a long-leader setup can be found at the ODFW Marine Resources page.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.