Local lakes: Local author Pete Heley is reporting an improvement in the yellow perch fishing from the fishing dock at the county park on South Tenmile Lake. Since the boat house was removed, fishing has gotten better and anglers are seeing more blue gill and crappie moving in. Anglers are still catching a few coho salmon on Tenmile Lakes trolling spinners and crank baits. One angler reported catching a jack salmon and a 30-inch, 10-pound coho on Tahkenitch Lake casting a Rattle Trap crank bait. The coho season on Tenmile, Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes remain open until Dec. 31.
Local rivers: Roland from The Chetco Outdoor store told me that silt from the Chetco Bar fire is affecting water clarity on the river. Most of the action has been on the Smith River where fall Chinook fishing has been good. Anglers will want to pay attention to water levels and floating debris this season due to the impacts from the fire.
Anglers are reporting decent catches of fall Chinook on the Elk and Sixes rivers. There was lots of debris in the rivers, mainly leaves which hampered drift boaters from running plugs or back bouncing baits. Anglers fishing down in the estuaries did well casting spinners and spoons. The rivers need a good flushing out and just might get it this week with lots of rain in the forecast.
Chinook salmon fishing is still open in the Coquille and Coos basins although the majority of fish have moved upriver to spawn.
One angler trolling the bay near Old Town Bandon landed a nice Chinook late last week. A few hatchery fish are still making their way up Ferry Creek and Seven Mile Slough.
Area shellfish: Recreational Dungeness crab fishing from the Coos Bay north jetty to the California border remains closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Mussel harvesting just reopened along the entire Oregon Coast. Razor clam harvesting remains closed from Cascade Head to the California boarder. Bay clamming remains open along the entire Oregon Coast. For daily updates on shellfish safety closures, you can call the Department of Agriculture's Shellfish Hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
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