Coos River Basin Fishing Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
12-20-2016
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Trout fishing in streams is now closed until May 22, 2017.

A few steelhead have been caught the past few weeks in the West Fork Millicoma, East Fork Millicoma, and South Fork Coos rivers. The West Fork Millicoma was the only river in the basin that was fishable over the past weekend. Anglers are drifting eggs or corkies along the stream bottom or using a jig suspended under a bobber. Forecasted heavy rains this week may have the rivers high and muddy for the weekend.

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.

Recreational crabbing is now open in all Oregon waters. Crabbing was decent over the weekend in Coos Bay.

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.