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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Rainbow trout fishing continues to be very good along the South Coast. Anglers are reporting good catches of trout out on recently-stocked Tenmile Lakes. Lots of legal-size trout taken last weekend with a few holdover trout coming in up to 27-inches. Wedding Ring spinners with a nightcrawler are very popular on Tenmile, and are fished with or without trolling blades like Ford Fenders.

The largemouth bass are all but done with their annual spawn and have been very actively feeding. Anglers have been focusing their efforts in the morning and evening. Our friend, Cathy, from Ringo's Lakeside Marina, told me she landed a 16-inch yellow perch from one of her favorite fishing holes on South Tenmile Lake recently. She took her perch on a night crawler.

Local rivers: Spring Chinook fishing on the lower Rogue River continues to be slow. There are still fresh fish moving in, but low and clear river conditions have made for a tough bite. A couple of boats have started trolling the Rogue Bay, and we have heard of 2 Chinook taken.

Anglers fishing here on the upper Coquille River are still reporting decent shad, smallmouth bass and striper action.

Shad and smallmouth bass fishing on the mainstem of the Umpqua River has remained very good. The river temperatures have risen and the smallmouth bass are starting to hit Senko's and creature baits. Lots of moss in the river has made it a little more difficult to shad fish.

Pacific Ocean and beaches: The spring all-depth halibut season through the second opener May 24-26 total landings were 44,041 pounds, leaving 91,701 pounds or 67 percent of the quota remaining. The next three-day opener starts today (June 7) through Saturday with June 21-23 the remaining fixed dates.

Last Friday was the opening of the near shore halibut season which runs through Oct. 31 or when the 25,856-pound quota is met. Anglers from Bandon to Coos Bay reported good catches of Pacific halibut from the near shore waters. One fish weighed in up in Charleston was 91 pounds and one bigger was reported, but not confirmed.

The rock fish bite has been on the slow side last week. Could be because of all the crab spawn and feed in the near shore waters. Anglers have been reporting lots of cabezon moving in the near shore rock piles. Fishing for cabezon opens July 1 through Dec. 31.

Fishing for pink fin surf perch continues to be strong along the South Coast. Anglers fishing off of Bullards State Park beach have been reporting good numbers of fish taken. The perch are starting to move into our bay and anglers fishing the north jetty during low tides are landing lots of them.

The annual perch migration up in Winchester Bay is underway. Boaters are reporting good fishing from the east boat basin entrance up to just below Gardiner.

Here are the winners of the 2018 May Surf Perch Derby: Scott Carmichael, 2.71 pounds, $465; Doug Gibb, 2.42 pounds, $100 gift certificate; Lee Paraguya, 2.30 pounds, $50 gift certificate. We would like to thank everyone for their support in this year's derby.

Area shellfish: Clamming in the Charleston Bay was excellent last week. Clam diggers reported limits of cockle, littleneck, butter and gaper clams. Next Monday starts another 9-day series of minus tides.

Crabbing in the Bandon bay continues to be slow. Lots of undersized and female crab in the bay right now. Rob from the Basin Tackle Shop in Charleston told us that crabbing in the lower porting of Coos Bay is starting to pick back up a bit. Sport ocean crabbing on the South Coast has been fair to good out of most ports.

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

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