Fishing Report

Local lakes: Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good along the South Coast. Anglers are still having best success in the morning and evening hours. As fall approaches, look for the bass to start feeding again. They seem to know that winter will eventually get here.

Fishing for panfish has remained excellent on most coastal lakes. Not much to report on rainbow trout fishing. As lake temperatures start to drop the rainbow trout will start to surface feed again. Good time of year to get the fly rod out.

ODFW will stock Bradley, Butterfield and Empire lakes with trophy trout early next month.

Local rivers: Fall Chinook fishing continues to be very good on the lower Rogue. Most of the boats continue to fish near the mouth of the river. Upriver anglers are reporting good summer stealhead catches.

The better fishing has been between Lobster Creek and Agness. Both Mepps and Panther Martin specials have been working well on the steelhead.

Fall Chinook salmon fishing has been fair on the lower Coquille River. Anglers are catching fish in the morning near the South Jetty and following the tide upriver in the afternoon.

Anglers fishing for smallmouth bass upriver near Coquille reported excellent fishing last weekend. Fishing a drop shot rig with a Berkley Gulp worm proved to be deadly.

Fall Chinook fishing was slow in Coos Bay and in the Coos River last weekend. The winning fish in the Coos STEP Derby was a 22-pound, 3-ounce Chinook. Anglers fishing hard and changing baits often are having the best success on the rivers this season.

Pacific Ocean: The next all-depth halibut opener for the central coast will be this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16. The nearshore halibut season remains open until Oct. 31 or when the quota is met. Last week several Bandon boats returned to port with halibut taken in the Bandon nearshore waters.

The retention of coho salmon in the recreational ocean season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain closed last Thursday, Sept. 7. Angling for Chinook salmon remains open through October within this area.

Area shellfish: Crabbing in Coos Bay and Bandon continues to be excellent. Boaters are catching nice limits of Dungeness crab in both bays. Last Sunday, Susan Ford of Coquille won the big prize of $1,000 in the final drawing of the 2017 Bandon Crab Derby. Nathan Lester of Bandon and Gleynna Jones of Myrtle Creek each won $150.

We would like to thank these businesses for the additional prizes donated: Ace Hardware, Bone Appetit, Prowler Charters, Broken Anchor, Toy Room, Asian Garden, Edgewaters, Pastries and Pizza, Bandon Pizza, Bandon Brewing Co., Bandon Sweets and Treats, The Spoon, and the Port of Bandon.

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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