Fishing Report

Local lakes: Cathy from Ringo's Lakeside Marina told us that largemouth bass fishing out at Tenmile Lakes has been good. Not too many big fish being caught, but plenty of bass in the 2- to 3-pound range. Fishing for yellow perch and crappie continues to be good in both lakes.

Tenmile Lakes opened for coho salmon on Oct. 1 and will remain open until Dec. 31. Anglers may fish upstream from the Hilltop Bridge. One wild adult coho salmon and one jack coho salmon may be taken per day, with a limit of five wild adult coho per year. A few coho were reported to be rolling inn the lakes, but none have been caught so far.

Next week, Bradley, Butterfield, Empire and Saunders lakes and Powers Pond are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout.

Local rivers: Anglers trolling in the estuary on the Chetco River reported decent catches of fall Chinook last weekend. The Chetco fishery is just getting started and should improve in the weeks to come.

The lower Rogue bay continues to be the bright spot on the South Coast for fall Chinook. Anglers trolling the bay last weekend reported good catches of Chinook along with some hatchery coho. One guide boat helped his clients land nine Chinook last Saturday.

Fishing for fall Chinook on the lower Coquille River has been slow. A few nice Chinook are being caught but most anglers are struggling. More wild coho salmon have been entering the estuary and should be released. The coho should be release at the side of the boat, not netted and brought into the vessel. This will allow for a better survival rate.

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow on the Coos River. A few fish were taken recently near the Coos Bay bar.

Pacific Ocean: Recreational bottom fishing reopened Oct. 1 for some species outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line, with a 10 fish bag limit. Long-leader gear is required and retention of black rockfish, blue, Deacon, China, copper, quillback, yellow eye, ling cod and cabezon is prohibited.

Anglers fishing for halibut in the nearshore waters off of Bandon reported good fishing last week. Local fish cleaner Wes Nodine told me he cleaned a couple of halibut that weighed in at 50 pounds each.

Some decent numbers of albacore tuna were taken by sport boats that were out near the Bandon High Spot the latter part of last week.

Area shellfish: Dungeness crab fishing continues to be excellent along the South Coast. Boaters in Coos Bay and Bandon are reporting quick limits of nice size Dungeness crab. Dock crabbing on Bandon's Weber's Pier has been very good. Early morning crabbing off the pier has been best.

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