Coos River Basin Fishing Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-25-2016
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Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Fishing with bait is now allowed in streams above tidewater.

With the recent rains the majority of the Chinook salmon have moved out of the estuary and are now in the river and streams. Bank anglers are also catching salmon near the hatchery acclimation sites like at the Coos Bay city boardwalk, Isthmus Slough, and mouth of Daniels Creek.

There is no season this year for wild coho in Coos Bay but anglers may harvest hatchery coho.

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.

Crabbing continues to be very good for people crabbing from boats. A few legal size crab have been caught off the docks in Charleston.

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.