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Local lakes: ODFW has started putting a few excess hatchery winter steelhead into Garrison Lake in Port Orford. They will continue stocking the steelhead through January and February. The steelhead are for anglers to catch and are considered trout and do not need to be tagged.

Rainbow trout fishing in Garrison Lake continues to be good with trout ranging from 14 to 20 inches in length being caught.

Anglers trolling Tenmile Lakes for trout are still reporting good action out on both lakes. Wedding Ring spinners tipped with a nightcrawler is still the go-to bait.

Local rivers: The Chetco River has a wonderful hatchery steelhead program called the Chetco River Steelhead Broodstock Program, which is now being supplied solely by angler donated winter steelhead. The adult spawners are taken to Elk River Hatchery in Port Orford, where they are held in raceways until they are ripe and ready for spawning. They are spawned at the hatchery and later trucked back to the Chetco, where they are released in the spring between Social Security Bar and Loeb State Park. ODFW's goal is to release 50,000 1-year-old smolts in the Chetco this year. Anglers interested in participating or would like more information can call ODFW, the Gold Beach office at 541-247-7605.

Winter steelhead fishing is starting to turn on in the Chetco. Fish are now spread throughout the river, and Mike from the Chetco Outdoor Store told me that bank anglers plunking and driftboaters side drifting did well last weekend.

Steelhead fishing on the lower Rogue River has been tough due to the low and clear water. There has been a bite at daybreak, but once daylight comes on the fish are easily spooked.

Fishing on the Elk and Sixes rivers has been very slow because of river conditions. 

Anglers are starting to catch steelhead on the Coquille River. Most of the fish are being caught just above tidewater where the fish are holding waiting for the river to rise. 

Anglers reported good winter steelhead action on the south fork Coos River above Dellwood at the 5-mile hole acclimation site. The south fork rose enough after our last rain to push some fish above the forks. A few steelhead are still being caught on Tenmile Creek, most anglers are plunking near the Spinreel Campground.

Winter steelhead fishing has been decent on the mainstem of the Umpqua River from Sawyer's Rapids to just above Elkton.

Pacific Ocean: When ocean conditions have allowed, anglers have been reporting excellent catches of ling cod and rockfish out of South Coast ports. Andy from The Bite's On Bait and Tackle Shop in Empire told us that fishing from the Coos Bay north jetty has been good for rockfish and ling cod. 

Andy and friends landed 120 black rockfish and 4 ling cod on a recent trip. He said most anglers were casting 2- to 3-ounce jigheads with plastic lures. He told me they outfished other anglers by dropping down to 3/8- to 1/2-ounce jigheads, which made all the difference.

Surf perch fishing continues to be decent when ocean swells have been calm. Anglers need to be careful of rough ocean conditions and sneaker waves.

Area shellfish: Dungeness crab fishing has remained very good from Bandon up to Winchester Bay. Boaters are catching the majority of the crab, but dock crabbing hasn't been too bad.

The Department of Agriculture and the ODFW just announced the reopening of razor clam digging from the south jetty of Coos Bay to the south jetty of the Umpqua River. The beaches south of the Coos Bay south jetty remain closed due to high levels of domoic acid.

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