Coos River Basin Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
1-2-2020
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Fishing for rockfish inside the bay has been good near the submerged rock piles. Fishing is typically best near slack tide. Boat anglers are no longer able to harvest copper, quillback, or China rockfish for the remainder of the year because we reached our catch limit on these species. A jig with a twister tail can be a great bait for catching rockfish. 

A few winter steelhead anglers are fishing the Coos Basin rivers with little to no success.  The rain forecasted for the end of the week should get steelhead moving into the rivers as the water levels come down. Steelhead anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a fishing permit from Weyerhaeuser to access this portion of the river. 

Hatchery steelhead returns in the Coos Basin will be down this year due to low smolt releases two years ago. Because of disease issues at the hatchery then, we were only able to release less than 40 percent of our production goal. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers will reopen May 22, 2020.  




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