Coos River Basin Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Fishing for rockfish in the lower Coos Bay estuary has been decent while fishing along the jetty and submerged rock structures. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish and greenling. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7, which for boat anglers cannot include any copper, quillback, China rockfish, or cabezon.

Bank anglers can still retain one copper, quillback or China rockfish and 1 cabezon as part of their daily bag limit. Boat and bank anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day.     

Temporary wild fall Chinook regulations are in effect starting Aug. 1 for salmon anglers fishing in Coos Bay. Anglers cannot harvest no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook salmon daily / five (5) for the period of Aug 1 – Dec 31 from all waters of Coos River basin, Floras Creek/New River, and Sixes River. See specific rules for Floras/New River and Sixes. 

Overall salmon fishing continues to be slow the past week but anglers have been catching a few Chinook trolling the SOMAR to the forks of the Millcoma/South Fork Coos rivers.

Salmon anglers are having very little success catching Chinook salmon in the lower portions of the estuary like the Chip Pile and Airport. But they have been hooking into wild coho, however there is no wild coho harvest this year in Coos Bay.           

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through Oct. 31. With the recent rains, sea run cutthroat trout will begin to move out of tidewater and into the lower reaches of the major rivers. Anglers may use bait in streams and rivers above tidewater starting Se

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