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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Anglers are still reporting good catches of rainbow trout on Garrison and Bradley lakes. On Garrison Lake, boaters are slow trolling spinners, flies or Wedding Ring spinners tipped with a worm. Bank anglers are catching fish from the 12th Street or Pinehurst boat ramps and off of Paradise Point Road.

Bradley Lake, here in town, is more suited for boaters. The boat launch pier is tough to fish from because of the weeds. Anglers trout fishing in Tenmile Lakes are reporting excellent fishing. Two anglers fished three days in a row and took limits of rainbows 15- to 22-inches. They were trolling Wedding Ring spinners tipped with nightcrawlers. Anglers fishing for largemouth bass reported good catches last weekend. The bass have been smaller than those caught earlier this spring, but are starting to take topwater baits in the mornings and early evenings.

Local rivers: Anglers fishing for cutthroat trout in smaller rivers and streams are reporting tough fishing because of the very low river conditions. Cutthroat are holding in deeper pools and riffles but can be spooked easily. Fishing closer to tidewater can be productive this time of year.

Anglers caught a few spring Chinook on the lower Rogue River last weekend. Some late spring fish have been caught in the bay as well. Anglers are starting to troll the lower bay for late spring Chinook and for early fall fish. Anchovies are the bait of choice with or without a spinner blade.

Good striper action on the mainstem of the Coquille River last week. Most of the bass are running under the 24-inch minimum length. Plunking an anchovy off the river bottom in the evening has been working best.

Pacific Ocean and beaches: Sometime in the next month or so, the rockfish limit will probably drop to four fish per day instead of five. According to ODFW, bottomfishing effort is higher than past years and projections show we will be close to the black rockfish quota.

We will also be close to the nearshore rockfish complex (coppers, quillback, etc.) quota. In order to prevent a shutdown this reduced bag limit will be necessary.

To their credit, ODFW is watching the numbers very closely and communicating with the sport advisory council. At least we're getting early warning and a mid-season correction rather than a surprise closure in the fall. The deepwater long leader limit will remain at 10 fish per day.

Last week a few albacore tuna were taken out of the Port of Coos Bay. Anglers found fish starting at about 32 miles off shore. They reported a mix of peanuts to fish up to 20-plus pounds. Halibut fishing was tough for most sport boats fishing the spring all-depth opener last week. One angler did bring in a 67-pound Pacific halibut he caught in the nearshore waters off of Bandon.

Area shellfish: Crabbing has been improving in Winchester Bay, Coos Bay and here in Bandon. One boat caught 17 keepers on the west side of the Coquille River Lighthouse. Dock crabbers off Weber's Pier did well last week on the morning incoming tide. One crabber caught eight nice Dungeness crab. The first 20 tagged crab will be in the bay this Sunday (July 1) to kickoff this year's Bandon Crab Derby.

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