Local lakes: The Frostbite Open bass tournament out at Tenmile Lakes lived up to its name, but despite the cold weather, anglers caught plenty of impressive bass last weekend. Quite a few boats in this year's field registered with five-bass limits and many of the fish weighed in from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.
According to Pete Heley, for most of the day, a 7.09 pound largemouth that had an 8-inch bullhead in its throat led the charge for big honors. That lunker was eventually replaced by Chris Carpenter's 7.47 pounder which helped propel Chris and his fishing partner Travis Glass to the tournament win with their five-bass limit weighing 22.70 pounds.
The team of Jeff Abbott and Ray Hobbs finished second with a weight of 17.42 pounds.
Tenmile has been fishing well for bass pretty much all winter.
This week starts the trout stockings for 2018 on the South Coast with Bradley, Powers Pond, Johnson Mill Pond and Saunders Lake all receiving legal size rainbow trout. Stockings will continue all through March and April with plenty of legal and trophy size trout stocked in several lakes.
Local rivers: Winter steelhead fishing was decent last week on most South Coast rivers. This week's stormy forecast should push some rivers up and out of shape.
Look for anglers to fish rivers and forks which clean up fast after a good rain event. Elk River, north fork Coquille River, east and west fork Millicoma River and of course, Ten Mile Creek should all be fishable this week.
Jim Carey from the Rogue Outdoor Store in Gold Beach told us that three spring Chinook have recently been caught on the lower Rogue River by anglers plunking for winter steelhead. Winter steelhead fishing also started to pick up with the rain we received last weekend. We have not received any reports of spring Chinook taken on the Umpqua River so far this season.
Pacific Ocean, bays and beaches: Rough ocean conditions have prevented sport boats from accessing the ocean in recent days. Looks like that will continue this week as a front out of the Gulf of Alaska comes in. Anglers jetty fishing from the Charleston north jetty are still reporting good ling cod action. Rockfish are being caught from the Charleston Cribbs up to the railroad trestle in the upper portion of Coos Bay. Anglers are also reporting good ling cod and rockfish catches from the south jetty in Winchester Bay jigging plastic baits has been very effective on the jetties for both species.
Area shellfish: Recent rains have affected the dock crabbing off of Weber's Pier here in Bandon. Boaters up in Charleston and Winchester Bay are still reporting decent crabbing.
This week's minus tide series, which runs through Saturday, should bring out some clammers on the Charleston and Cape Arago mud flats. Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon coast. For more shellfish info, contact the Dept. of Agriculture's shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
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