Local lakes: Anglers reported good rainbow trout fishing out on Bradley Lake here in Bandon last week. Local anglers Mick Hurley and Wed Nodine reported catching nine 2-pound rainbows trolling the lake last Wednesday. They caught their trout on Wedding Ring spinners tipped with a nightcrawler. Wes told me he always adds scent to his bait or lures and this trip smelly jelly night crawler scent did the trick.
Cathy from Ringo's Lakeside Marina told me that the water temperature on Tenmile Lakes hit the magic number, 63 degrees, which has the largemouth bass spawning on their beds. Anglers did well casting black plastic lizards and creature baits. The water on Tenmile has been very clear, so anglers are using a little finesse so they don't spook the bass.
Kids are having a lot of fun catching yellow perch from the county boat docks on Tenmile. Just a bobber, hook and a worm will do the trick.
Local rivers: Most rivers and streams in our Southwest Zone open for trout fishing next Tuesday, May 22. Anglers can take 2 trout per day with an 8-inch minimum caught.
Anglers are restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures in streams above the tidewater.
A few spring Chinook continue to be caught on the lower Rogue River. River conditions are low and clear and fishing continues to be slow. Pete Heley reported a few more spring Chinook than were taken at Half Moon Bay by bank anglers casting spinners. Spring Chinook fishing on the mainstem of the Umpqua River has remained slow. Shad fishing on the Umpqua River was excellent last week. Boaters and bank anglers from Sawyer's Rapids up to Yellow Creek reported good numbers of good sized shad caught. Bright pink or chartreuse jigs or darts have been working best.
Last week local angler Bob Johnson landed a 44-inch, 39-pound striped bass on the upper Coquille River just below tide water. The fish took a topwater bait, which can be a very exciting method to hook a striper. This time of year striped bass are upriver in spawning mode and usually disperse soon and feed all summer.
Pacific Ocean and beaches: Last Thursday anglers halibut fishing out of the Port of Bandon returned to port with a nice grade of fish. One boat had a fish that tipped the scale at 75 pounds with a few other halibut in the 50-pound class. The next 3-day all-depth halibut opener is Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26. The following Friday, June 1, is the opening day for the nearshore season which is open 7 days a week. Last week anglers did report a few Chinook salmon taken just north of Bandon up to the mouth of the Umpqua River. Surf perch fishing on the South Coast has remained good. Local angler Scott Carmichael still leads the Bandon Perch Derby with a 2.71-pound pinkfin. Doug Gibb is right behind in second place with a 2.42-pound pinkfin. We have well over 50 participants so far this year. Anglers can enter anytime during May prior to fishing.
Area shellfish: Two visitors caught 6 Dungeness crab off of Webber's Pier in Old Town Bandon last Tuesday. Most crabbers have been averaging 3 per outing. Crabbing in our bay should pick up next month as salinity levels increase in the bay. Boaters in Coos Bay have been reporting decent crabbing. Dock crabbing in Empire and Charleston has been slow. We have a minus tide series all week, which is good news for anyone looking to take home some bay clams from the mudflats in Empire and Charleston.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.