Coos River Fish Report for 1-17-2024
All the steelhead rivers in the Coos Basin were blown out with the recent storms
Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
Anglers can catch rockfish around the jetties in the lower Coos Bay estuary. Best fishing is typically near slack tides with good fishing one day and fair fishing the next. A jig fished with a twister tail trailer is always a good option to catch bottomfish.
The 2024 daily general marine fish bag limit is 5 fish plus 2 lingcod with no retention of yelloweye or quillback rockfish. There is no harvest of cabezon until July 1.
All the steelhead rivers in the Coos Basin were blown out with the recent storms. There is more rain in the forecast which might be enough to keep the rivers a little higher than most anglers prefer. As the water levels drop, the West Fork Millicoma River will become fishable first followed by the East Fork Millicoma and South Fork Coos rivers. Steelhead anglers were having success drifting egg patterns or fishing a jig under a bobber.
Anglers wanting to fish the South Fork Coos River above Dellwood will need a permit from Weyerhaeuser. Steelhead anglers can find bank access on the East Fork Millicoma at Nesika Park and on the West Fork Millicoma at Millicoma Interpretive Center/Scout Camp.
Trout fishing is closed in the rivers until May 22, 2024.
OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reportsfor Wednesday, January 17th
John Day River: With recent warm and wet weather, steelhead are moving into the lower river
Alsea River: Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin
Kilchis River: The Kilchis is on the way up today along with the rest of the North Coast Rivers
Miami River: The steelhead run on Miami will peak January through March
Necanicum River: The Necanicum River should have hatchery steelhead throughout the fishery and wild fish showing up this month
Nehalem River: The Nehalem is on the way up and will likely be high and off color for the week
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem has been getting moderate returns of hatchery winter steelhead
Nestucca River: Nestucca River Fishing Report
Siletz River: The bite has been steady over the holiday weeks
Siuslaw River: More fish have been entering the system
Three Rivers: Three Rivers should have hatchery steelhead in
Trask River: The Trask River is rising quickly today and may be high and off color all week
Wilson River: The Wilson River is rising quickly this afternoon and is predicted to peak early Friday morning
Yaquina River: Steelhead will likely take advantage of the recent rains to move quickly upriver
Agate Lake: Agate Reservoir has risen sharply and is now 43 percent full
Applegate Reservoir: Fishing for trout should be good
Applegate River: The release from the dam is 600 cfs, and the temperature at release is 41F
Ben Irving Reservoir: Conditions remain the same at Ben Irving getting muddy after lots of rain
Chetco River: The Chetco River Angler Caught Broodstock program has started for the year
Cooper Creek Reservoir: Rainy conditions over the last couple of weeks have made the lake muddir
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