Local lakes: Rainbow trout fishing has remained good along the South Coast. The better reports have been coming in from Eel, Saunders and Tenmile lakes. Anglers trolling on Eel Lake have been reporting trout up to 20 inches in length being caught. Last weekend, trout anglers reported quick limits of rainbow trout on Saunders and Tenmile lakes. Good numbers of black crappie continue to be caught from the public pier on Eel Lake. Eel Lake is located just east of U.S. Highway 101 about 10 miles sound of Reedsport. The docks are located in Tugman State Park.
Largemouth bass anglers are reporting good fishing out in Tenmile Lakes. Eight inch swim baits in a rainbow trout pattern have been working well. Trout or yellow perch can be caught on the county docks on Tenmile in Lakeside.
Local rivers: There are still some late spring salmon moving through the lower Rogue River. Anglers are starting to see lots of floating moss, which makes fishing much tougher. Not much effort down in the bay for salmon last weekend because of the windy conditions. Last Saturday, my grandson Race and I launched our boat in Coquille to do a little shad fishing. We caught shad slow trolling small red and white darts. We also caught fish anchored near deeper water. Trolling back towards the dock, Race hooked and landed a 3 1/2 pound smallmouth bass that could not resist his shad dart. We would suggest timing your trip when the tide is coming in and remember the 3-to-4-hour tide difference up river.
Anglers fishing for pink fin perch on the lower Umpqua River are reporting excellent catches. The perch spawn are still small, so the fish are showing up a little late and should continue entering the bay in the weeks to come. Upriver, the shad are still biting and the smallmouth bass fishing is coming on strong with the warm valley weather.
Pacific Ocean and beaches: Surf perch fishing has been good out at Bullards Beach State Park here in Bandon. One local angler brought in a limit of 15 fish, all averaging about 2 pounds. Strong NW winds kept sport boats in ports along the South Coast last weekend. When weather has permitted, anglers fishing out of Winchester Bay are reporting excellent bottom fishing outside the 40 fathom line using long leader gear. A few Chinook salmon have been caught north of Bandon and just south of Simpson Reef. Anglers are targeting fish from 100 to 150 feet deep. Anglers out of the Port of Brookings have been hooking Chinook as close as the 1 mile buoy out to 10 miles offshore. The weather this week looks like it's going to cooperate for the 3-day spring all-depth halibut opener, which starts today through Saturday. One angler knew how to beat the wind last weekend. He caught his limit of rockfish out of his kayak tucked in Nelly's Cove near the Port of Port Orford.
Area shellfish: Boaters crabbing up in Coos Bay are starting to report better numbers of dungeness crab in the lower bay. Crabbing here in Bandon is still pretty slow, with most crabbers catching single digits. We are counting on the crabbing picking up in time for the 2018 Bandon Crab Derby, which starts July 1. We will be releasing the first 20 tagged crab on or before July 1, and will have the first of four $100 drawings on July 14. The big cash prizes will be awarded Sept. 9 during the Cranberry Festival. For more information, call Tony's Crab Shack in Old Town, 541-347-2875. I would like to thank Bob and Juanita Graville for helping again this year. The derby has grown and has been successful because of you guys. Thank you Max Polin for your support since day one.
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 email@example.com.