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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Tenmile Lakes continue to provide anglers with decent rainbow trout fishing. Anglers are having better success still fishing with bait near the bottom than trolling, and will likely continue until lake temperatures warm up a bit. The colder water has slowed the yellow perch fishing from shore, but anglers lucky enough to find where the perch have been spawning have done well.

Cathy from Ringo's Lakeside Marina told me that the few anglers still largemouth bass fishing Tenmile Lakes are reporting good catches. Slowing down bait presentation is critical to getting bites in cold water. Most bass can be found holding in deeper water near structure and on the edges of weed lines.

Local rivers: Last week's significant rainfall was enough to kick off the winter steelhead run on many South Coast rivers.

Both bank and boat anglers reported good winter steelhead catches on the Chetco River in Brookings. Boaters drifting the Elk and Sixes rivers reported catches of fresh winter steelhead as rivers dropped into great shape last weekend. Debbie is still running a shuttle service for drift boaters and you can contact her at 541-655-0319.

Lots of driftboaters converged on the south fork of the Coquille River last weekend. Steelhead fishing was excellent on Saturday from Haines down to the seven-mile takeout. Sunday fishing slowed a bit as fish were on the move. Bank anglers reported good fishing on the north fork at Laverne Park. Drift fishing salmon roe or bobber fishing a jig were very effective. The Five Mile Hole on the south fork of the Coos River continues to be very productive. Anglers also did well on the east and west forks of the Millicoma River.

Cathy from Ringo's Lakeside marina reported excellent steelhead action on Tenmile creek. Bank anglers did well plunking Spin Glos or bobber fishing with jigs. Driftboaters are having success pulling MagLip plugs in orange and red colors.

Pacific Ocean: A few boats slipped out Saturday and reported excellent rockfish and ling cod fishing. Jetty anglers continue to catch ling cod from the Coos Bay north jetty. Last weekend, boaters and divers reported excellent ling cod and black rockfish catches inside the bay near Charleston.

Large ocean swells have built over the weekend in front of a couple of storms moving our way so anglers should take precautions before heading out.

Area shellfish: Dungeness crabbing continues to be very good in Bandon, Coos Bay and Winchester Bay. Boaters continue to catch limits of nice crab from all three points.

With lots of rain in the forecast, look for conditions to change with fresh water entering the estuaries.

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