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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Cathy from Ringo's Lakeside Marina on Tenmile Lakes told me it's the perfect time of year to be on Tenmile for what she calls a trifecta (trout, bass and yellow perch). Anglers trolling the lake for rainbows are catching limits of trout with some fish coming in above 20 inches. Lake temperatures have been holding in the low to mid 60s, which is perfect for trout and bass. Harry Bingham reported catching his limit of largemouth bass on swim baits which replicate the planted trout on the lake. Anglers are also catching yellow perch from the county boat docks and the marina docks.

Black crappie fishing out on Eel Lake has been very good this spring. Anglers are reporting good catches from the county dock. Using a bobber with bait or a small jib has been effective when cast beyond the weed line.

Andy from The Bite's On tackle shop in Empire told me they caught 20 crappie slow trolling shad darts and small jigs on Eel Lake recently. Eel Lake is located approximately 13 miles north of North Bend, just off U.S. Highway 101 at Tugman State Park.

Local rivers and streams: Anglers trout fishing rivers and streams in Coos and Curry counties are having success using small spoons, spinners and flies. Anglers can only use artificial flies and lures in streams above tide water, except the use of bait is allowed on the south fork Coquille River up to the Forest Service boundary upstream from Powers.

Smallmouth bass fishing has turned on in the mainstem of the Coquille River. The smallies are hitting crank baits, jigs and bait. Remember there is no size limit or daily bag limit on the number of smallmouth bass you can keep in the Coquille River basin.

Anglers are still reporting good shad fishing on the Coquille River between the town of Coquille and Arago. Slow trolling to locate a school of fish has been effective. 

The striped bass have all but finished their annual spawn and hae been feeding in the mid to upper portions of the river. Anglers have shared pictures of fish in the 35- to 40-inch range.

Ocean and beaches: Anglers are starting to pick up some ocean caught Chinook salmon between Brooking and Gold Beach. This year the sport season from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon/Calif. border opened up on May 19 and goes through Aug. 26. Anglers may take two king salmon a day with a minimum size of 24 inches.

The near shore halibut fishing has been decent when boaters have been able to get out. The next round of spring all-depth halibut days are June 21-23. Anglers are still catching limits of pink fin surf perch out at Bullards State Park beaches.

Jetty fishing for pink fin and striper perch has remained very good. Anglers are doing best on live sand shrimp.

Area shellfish: Crabbing for Dungeness crab off of Weber's Pier in Bandon continues to be fair. Crabbers are averaging 3 to 4 keepers per outing. Boaters up in Coos Bay are reporting decent crabbing in the lower portions of the bay. Lots of small crab and females in the bays right now so crabbers are working harder through their gear. Bay clammers should be out in force this week because of the big minus-tide series.

Razor clamming is still closed on the South Coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

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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