Local lakes: One of the most popular bass tournaments in Oregon is the Frostbite Open on Tenmile Lakes. This year's event is Saturday, Feb. 24, and is hosted by the Osprey Point RV Resort. Tournament catches in recent years have been impressive with a five-bass, 20-pound catch required for title contention.
Tenmile has been fishing well for bass in recent weeks because of the unusually warm temperatures this winter. For entry fee information you can call Mike Zemba at 541-579-2949 or go to EmeraldBassClub.com.
Last week Garrison Lake in Port Orford received a surprise rainbow trout stocking from ODFW. Part of an advanced stocking program a couple of years ago, Garrison lake continues to receive additional trout and steelhead plants.
Well, it's time to dust off the tour gear and get your boat ready because the week of Feb. 20 to March 2, ODFW will be stocking Bradley Lake, Johnson Mill Pond, Powers Pond and Saunders Lake with thousands of legal size rainbow trout. For additional information on future trout stockings you can go to the ODFW web site.
Local rivers: Winter steelhead fishing on most South Coast rivers has been slow due to low and clear river conditions. Anglers are still picking up some fish in the bigger basins of the Coquille and Umpqua rivers. Last Thursday, my grandson Race and I fished with friend and local guide Craig Paulson on the south fork of the Coquille River. We drifted from Seven Mile Gravel Bar to Myrtle Point boat launch. Fishing was slow, but Race managed to catch his first winter steelhead that morning and landing his second that afternoon. The fish bit on a small cluster of steelhead eggs tipped with a puff ball.
Craig is awesome to fish with and can be contacted at 541-347-4373 or go to his website: www.sidelineguide.com.
Pacific Ocean, bays and beaches: When ocean conditions have been favorable, anglers are still reporting excellent catches of ling cod. The rockfish bite in the ocean has been slow, so anglers have been downsizing their baits and having better success.
The rockfish and ling cod fishing inside of Coos Bay has remained good. Last weekend's stormy conditions hampered the effort out in the bay.
Pink fin surf perch fishing has been very good this winter out on local beaches. Most anglers are fishing Berkley Gulp sandworms in the camo color.
Area shellfish: Crabbing here in Bandon has been slow, and with more rain in the forecast, should remain that way.
Crabbing and clamming up in Coos Bay has been good. There are some good clamming tides coming up at the end of the month. Last Friday, the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture and the ODFW announced the closure of all recreational crabbing on the South Coast from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of Domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested from the ocean as well as in bays and estuaries.
Recreational crabbing remains open from Cape Blanco north to the Columbia River.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.