Coquille River Fish Report for 8-18-2022
Smallmouth bass fishing has been decent
Coquille River - Coquille, OR (Coos County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Smallmouth bass fishing has been decent in the lower South Fork Coquille, lower Middle Fork Coquille, and upper mainstem Coquille. Anglers are having the best luck catching smallmouth bass on worms but lures like a crawdad crankbait have been working also. Bass anglers will want to get away from the easy access points for better fishing and target deeper holes with the warmer weather.
A temporary regulation started on May 22 allowing anglers in Coquille River system to use spears and spear guns to harvest smallmouth bass. This unique fishing opportunity is one of many efforts to reduce the impact of illegally-introduced bass on Chinook populations.
In July and August, ODFW district staff, Coquille Indian Tribal staff, and volunteers have been removing smallmouth bass from the upper mainstem and South Fork Coquille – part of ongoing efforts to protect outgoing salmon smolts.
Traditional rod and reel anglers can also use bait throughout the river system.
All salmon fishing is closed in the Coquille Basin for the remainder of the year due to very poor returns of wild Chinook.
Trout fishing in streams and rivers is open until Oct. 31. Sea-run cutthroat trout usually enter upper tidewater this time of year.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Anthony Lake: Fishing at Anthony Lake may be a bit slower than previous years
Balm Creek Reservoir: Earlier this year, Balm Creek Reservoir was stocked with fingerling trou
Phillips Reservoir: The reservoir only filled to about ¼ full before beginning to drain again
Pilcher Reservoir: Pilcher Reservoir still has a decent amount of water
Thief Valley Reservoir: The reservoir is currently only 33 percent full
Unity Reservoir: Unity Reservoir has been dropping throughout the summer and is about 1/2 full
Wolf Creek Reservoir: Continues to have a decent amount of water in it
Ben Irving Reservoir: Bass fishing is has been good at Ben Irving
Coos River: Best fishing is typically near slack tides
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