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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Despite the stormy weather last week, anglers bass fishing on Tenmile Lakes reported decent numbers of bass taken. Most of the boats out on the lakes were pre-fishing for the up-and-coming 22nd annual Frost Bite Bass Open. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, with a pre-meeting at Osprey Point Resort. For more information you can call Mike Zemba at 541-579-9249 or go to EmeraldBassClub.com for an entry form.

The flyfishing expo sponsored by the Lower Umpqua Flycasters will take place at the Reedsport Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 24, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Local rivers: Anglers plunking for winter steelhead at the Social Security Hole on the Chetco River reported good action as the river started clearing after last week's rain events.  Anglers plunking from several lower Rogue River gravel bars are reporting good numbers of winter steelhead being taken. Spin Glos in fire Tiger, Pearl Pink and Brown Trout colors have been working well. Anglers are also hooking steelhead on Mag Lip Lures in a variety of colors.

Elk River dropped into perfect shape earlier this week and fishing for winter steelhead has been good. Sixes River was high and muddy last weekend, but should be fishable this week with a dryer forecast.

Anglers reported good steelhead fishing on the north fork of the Coquille River at Laverne Park. The south fork of the Coquille has been running high, but should be in great shape this week.

Anglers are still reporting good steelhead fishing on the south fork Coos River and both the east and west forks of the Millicoma River. 

Drift boaters fishing on Tenmile Creek last weekend hooked lots of steelhead in the 12- to 14-pound range on Mag Lip lures in the 3.5 size. Bank anglers continue to do well bobber and jig fishing with lots of anglers tipping their jigs with a piece of prawn.

Pacific Ocean, bays and beaches: Very rough ocean and surf conditions have hampered any ocean bottomfishing or surf fishing. The ocean condition forecast looks much better going into this coming weekend.

Anglers are still reporting decent rockfish and lingcod catches inside of Coos Bay

Anglers are starting to hook some larger female ling cod, which are showing up near the jetties as they get ready to spawn.

One angler reported landing a ling cod that weighed 47 pounds off of Coos Bay's north jetty.

Area shellfish: Last week's big storms finally pushed the crab out of the bay here in Bandon. Boaters reported zero crab in their gear last Monday. Crabbing in Coos Bay did not get affected much and crabbing in the lower and upper bay has remained good. We haven't received any reports from dock crabbers in Charleston or Empire due to last week's stormy weather.

Tony Roszkowski owns and operates Port O' Call (TonysCrabShack.com) on the Bandon waterfront. Hear more from Tony on "Hooked On Oregon" Thursdays on KWRO 630 AM. Email your report to tonyscrabshack7@gmail.com.

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