Bandon Fishing Report

Local lakes: There was not a lot of effort out on local lakes last weekend because of the stormy weather. 

Monday anglers fishing Upper Empire Lake in Coos Bay did well catching rainbow trout. The lakes are a bit murky after all that rain, so using bright-colored lures or Power Bait can help attract fish.

The rains did allow some coho salmon to enter Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes. One angler did report landing a coho while bass fishing in a local tournament on Siltcoos Lake last weekend. Anglers fishing Tenmile Lakes for coho might want to try fishing the Coleman or Templeton arms of the lakes. Trolling Hot Shot or Wiggle Wart plugs can be very effective. Also, trolling or casting Blue Fox spinners can get you hooked up. Good colors on the lakes are red, pink or black.

Local rivers: The Chetco River in Brookings blew out last weekend with all the rainfall. Look for fishing for fall Chinook to be good on the lower river this week as river levels drop into shape.

Most of the salmon on the lower Rogue River were on the move last weekend. As the river levels drop, look for more Indian Creek hatchery fish to stage in the lower bay. Drift boaters up near Agness continue to have success side-drifting for Chinook. Anglers reported decent summer steelhead fishing near the mouth of the Illinois River last week.

Both the Elk and Sixes rivers were up and muddy last weekend. As river levels drop look for fall Chinook to be spread throughout both rivers holding in deeper water.

There are still plenty of salmon in the Coquille and Coos river systems. Some anglers like to fish for them this time of year because of the lack of fishing pressure.

Pacific Ocean: Both the central coast ocean Chinook season and the nearshore halibut season closes next Tuesday, Oct. 31.

On Nov. 1, the 2017 Elk River fall Chinook ocean terminal fishery opens until Nov. 30. The daily bag limit is two Chinook per angler, but no more than one non-finclipped Chinook per day. The fishery is open of a line drawn from Cape Blanco to Black Rock to Best Rock down to Humbug Mountain. 

Bottomfishing remains open outside of the 40 fathom line, and is restricted to long leader gear.

Area shellfish: As of Friday, Oct. 20, the Department of Agriculture along with the ODFW closed recreational crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River in Bandon to the California border because of high levels of domoic acid. The ocean is closed statewide for recreational crabbing. The ocean recreational season ended on Oct. 14 and will reopen on Dec. 1.

Bay crabbing in Coos Bay remains open and was very good last weekend.

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