Coos River Basin Fishing 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.  

Most salmon anglers have put away their salmon fishing gear for the season. There are still a few boats out trolling the Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers. Bank anglers are fishing in Isthmus Slough, at the Coos Bay boardwalk, and at the mouth of Daniels Creek.        

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open through Oct. 31. Anglers may use bait in streams and rivers above tidewater starting Sept. 1.

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