Fishing Report

Local lakes: The coho salmon season opened Oct. 1 on Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes. No salmon have been reported to be taken yet, but Siltocoos Lake could receive fish at any time since a high tide could get them into the lake river outlet and up the river dam fish ladder. What is needed is a good rain event which will kick the fishery off. Anglers with a two-rod validation need to remember that those validations are not valid on the three lakes for the rest of the calendar year. They are valid on every other lake, just not the three coho lakes.

This weekend rainbow trout fishing should be good on several local lakes. ODFW will stock one-pound trout out at Bradley, Empire, Saunders and Butterfield lakes and Powers Pond.

Local rivers: Fall Chinook fishing has been tapering off in the lower Rogue bay and river. Twenty five to 30 boats can be seen trolling in the bay instead of the 75 that were working the bay in recent weeks. Anglers are starting to see more Indian Creek hatchery fish showing up in the bay. Upriver Chinook fishing has slowed up as well. But summer steelhead anglers are still reporting good fishing.

Fall Chinook fishing on the Lower Coquille River has been slow. A few nice Chinook were taken upriver between Rocky Point and Bear Creek last weekend.

Andy from the Bite's On Bait & Tackle shop in Empire told us that fall Chinook fishing on the Coos River picked up a bit last weekend. Boaters caught fish from the Chandler Bridge up to the Coos River Forks.

Pacific Ocean: Anglers that fished last Saturday's and Sunday's Chetco ocean bubble fishery reported fair fishing. Sunday's ocean condition hampered most of the effort. This coming weekend are the next dates open for the fishery. The bubble fishery extends from the estuary to three nautical miles off shore between Twin Rocks and the Oregon-California border.

Anglers need to be aware of a change in harvest limits this year. The 2017 fall Chinook limit for this fishery is one fish (wild or hatchery) at least 28 inches in length.

Last week, Wayne Butler, skipper of the Mis-Chief out of Bandon, helped his clients land 5 limits of rockfish outside of the 40 fathom line using long leader gear. The angler limit for this fishery, which opened Oct. 1, is 10 per rod.

The nearshore halibut fishing continues to be excellent near the Port of Bandon. Ocean conditions are forecast to be rough this week with swells in the 7- to 9-foot range.

Area shellfish: Crabbing continues to be excellent in the Bandon bay. Boaters are getting limits with one run of their gear. Dock crabbing on Weber's Pier has been good. Early mornings have been best, but regardless of tide or time of day, buckets have been filled.

Tony Roszkowski owns and operates Port O' Call (TonysCrabShack.com) on the Bandon waterfront. Hear more from Tony on "Hooked On Oregon" Thursdays on KWRO 630 AM. Email your report to tonyscrabshack7@gmail.com.

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