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Fishing Report

Local lakes: Last Thursday, Bradley Lake here in Bandon was stocked with 3,000 legal-size rainbow trout. Not much effort last weekend because of the stormy weather, but look for anglers to be fishing this week.

Next week, Garrison Lake in Port Orford is scheduled to receive 4,850 legal-size trout and Arizona Pond south of Port Orford will receive 500 rainbow trout.

The week of March 19-23, ODFW starts stocking trophy-size trout in Bradley Lake and Empire Lakes a week before Oregon spring break.

Largemouth bass fishing has slowed due to the weather systems moving through our area. Look for the largemouth bass to start going into a pre-spawning mode soon.

Local rivers: Despite the stormy weather, steelhead anglers reported good winter steelhead fishing on the Chetco River out of Brookings last weekend. Anglers did well fishing the high water, which has gotten better the beginning part of this week. A good number of winter steelhead are still being caught on the lower Rogue River. Plunkers did well catching some fresh winter steelhead near Lobster Creek. One angler caught and released a small wild spring Chinook. Guide boats anchored running Mag Lip plugs reported good fishing. One boat reported landing 5 winter steelhead last weekend.

Good reports on Elk River first part of this week. Sixes River should be in shape this week. Anglers did well on Sixes last week before the storm knocked it out of shape.

Angler reported catching some nice fresh winter steelhead on the upper sections of the south fork Coquille River on Monday. South Fork should be in good shape all week. West fork of the Millicoma River also had a push of fresh winter steelhead last weekend. March is still a good month to catch fresh steelhead on the South Coast.

Pacific Ocean, bays and beaches: Last Sunday anglers caught some nice pink fin surf perch out at Bullards Beach State Park. Look for perch fishing to improve this spring as fish start to gather closer to estuaries for their yearly spawn. Jetty fishing in Coos Bay continues to be a good bet for anglers looking for fresh ling cod. Ocean conditions have been tough, but when anglers can get out, rockfish and ling cod fishing should be awesome.

Area shellfish: Sport crabbing is open here in Bandon, but because of all the fresh water entering our bay, the crab have left for the ocean. Crabbing up in Coos Bay has remained decent. Not much activity for boaters last week because of the weather.

When weather allows, crabbing in the ocean out of the Port of Bandon or Coos Bay should be excellent this time of year.

Most boaters fish north of both ports along the beaches in 35 to 60 feet of water. Hopefully we will see some favorable conditions soon.

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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