Local lakes: The coho salmon season on Tenmile, Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes ended Sunday. Tenmile Lakes is open for hatchery steelhead in case an angler lands one while trout fishing.
Rainbow trout fishing is still a good option this time of year. Anglers are reporting decent catches on several South Coast lakes. With the lack of food sources for trout this time of year, live bait like nightcrawlers are very effective. Bank anglers can bobber fish live crawlers just outside the weed line. Boat anglers are having success slow trolling a worm behind a Wedding Ring spinner. The fish are sluggish this time of year so slowing down is important. Some anglers are using electric motors while trolling which is paying off. No recent reports on largemouth bass or yellow perch.
Local rivers: Winter steelhead fishing continues to be slow because of the lack of rainfall so far this season. The hatchery winter steelhead forecast does look bright according to the ODFW. This is the year when steelheaders are going to start seeing the first results of the Oregon coastal multi-species conservation plan. Also known as the CMP. It was first implemented in June of 2014. One of the changes here locally on the Coquille River is that the east fork of the Coquille used to get 20,000 smolt released per year. Now those 20,000 smolt are added to the 25,000 smolt being released on the north fork. The north fork is receiving almost twice the amount of winter steelhead than before.
Anglers should be seeing an increased harvest this winter. We should see almost double the amount of hatchery fish coming back to LaVerne Park, which is the acclimation site on the north fork.
Nothing has changed on the south fork of the Coquille where 70,000 smolts are released yearly between the Beaver Creek and Woodward Creek acclimation sites. It is fairly common to see very large hatchery winter steelhead in the upper teens and even fish pushing the 20-pound range in this creek.
The Big Creek acclimation site on the south Coos River, otherwise known as the Five Mile Hole will still be receiving 37,000 smolts on the east fork of the Millicoma River, 52,000 smolts are split between two acclimation sites at Nesika Park (Rodine Creek and Hodges Creek).
In addition, 37,000 winter steelhead smolts are scheduled to be released at the interpretive center on the west fork of the Millicoma.
When the CMP plan came out ODFW bumped the releases from 21,000 to 25,000 smolts in Tenmile Creek. This is probably the fastest clearing stream in Oregon. When the Chetco and Elk rivers are blown out and muddy, Tenmile Creek still has perfect visibility between 2 to 3 feet. So stop at Tenmile if your home streams are high and colored up.
The hatchery steelhead program on the Umpqua River is exceptional. Some people might disagree, but that's because it is overshadowed by the Umpqua's highly prolific wild steelhead run. With all that said, it's time to dust off your steelhead gear and get ready because rain is in the forecast and these fish are on their way.
Pacific Ocean: Monday was opening day for the 2018 rockfish season and the ocean conditions were perfect. Anglers reported excellent catches of ling cod and rockfish. Most boats reported quick limits of ling cod and had to move in order to finish off their limits of rockfish. Local angler Race Berry caught a black rockfish that was 22 inches in length and weighed in at 5.8 pounds.
Anglers took advantage of the good conditions and did well catching pink fin surfperch over at Bullards State Park last weekend. A couple of anglers caught their limits on Berkley Gulp sandworms.
Area shellfish: Crabbing out of a boat in the bay here in Bandon has been excellent. Boaters brought in some nice limits of Dungeness crab for us to cook last weekend. Dock crabbing on Weber's Pier has been fair to good. One family did catch 16 crab off the pier last Thursday.
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