Local lakes: This Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 17-18) is Oregon's first Free Fishing Weekend of the year.
This means no license is required to fish, crab or clam throughout the state of Oregon.
Anglers are still reporting decent rainbow trout fishing in Garrison Lake in Port Orford. One couple reported catching three rainbows, the largest measuring 21 inches. They caught their trout trolling their favorite spinner. Other anglers did well with Wedding Ring spinners tipped with a nightcrawler.
Anglers did well pre-fishing for the Frost Bite Open bass tournament which is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 24. Lots of bass being caught on plastic baits fished slow off the lake bottom. A few fish were also taken on spinner baits which tells us hat the bass are getting active early because of the mild weather.
Local rivers: Winter steelhead fishingwas slow on the Chetco River last weekend. Mike from the Chetco Outdoor Store told us that there are a few pockets of fish, but conditions are tough with low and clear river levels.
The number of steelhead being caught from the lower Rogue River's gravel bars has tapered off with the low river conditions.
Not much to report on the Elk and Sixes rivers last weekend. Both rivers are running low and clear. Tanya from South Coast Shuttle Service told me that fishing from Seven Mile Gravel Bar down to Myrtle Point was productive last weekend. One driftboat reported landing four hatchery winter steelhead. The upper part of the south for Coquille River below Powers has been slow. Last week steelhead were still being caught on the north fork near Laverne Park, but low water has slowed the fishery down.
Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down in the Coos and Tenmile watersheds due to the low and clear conditions.
Pacific Ocean, jetties and beaches: Ling cod fishing continues to be excellent when sport boats can get out on the ocean. Rob from the Basin Tackle Shop in Charleston told me that rock cod fishing inside the bay near Charleston was on fire last weekend. He has been fishing with friends, and said it was easy to hook 50 to 60 rock fish per rod. The key has been fishing the slack tides and using light jig heads and plastic baits.
Anglers are also catching ling cod from the Coos Bay north jetty. Brittian from The Bite's On Tackle Shop told me he limited out on ling cod fishing a herring five feet under a bobber from the north jetty last weekend.
Anglers are reporting good catches of pink fin surf perch from Brookings up to Coos Bay. Fishing for perch out at Bullards Beach State Park has been good.
Area shellfish: Boaters up in Coos Bay are still reporting good numbers of Dungeness crab being caught in the lower bay. Dock crabbing in Charleston has been decent with a mixed bag of red rock and Dungeness crab.
Crabbing on Weber's Pier here in Bandon has been picking up a bit with the dry weather. One crabber caught nine keepers last Saturday off the pier.
Last week crabbers reported good crabbing from the Port Orford docks where crabbing reopened recently.
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