Coos River Basin Fishing Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
11-8-2016
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Trout fishing in streams is now closed until May 22, 2017.

Chinook fishing is technically still open but the majority of the Chinook salmon have moved out of the estuary and are now in the river and streams. Fishing at the typical bank anglers spots has also slowed down.

Anglers can start looking forward to winter steelhead fishing. Typically the first winter steelhead are caught sometime around Thanksgiving.

There is not a 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.

Even with the recent rains crabbing continues to be very good for people crabbing from boats near Charleston. 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.