Local lakes: On a recent trip to Bradley Lake, members of the Umpqua River Flycasters reported catching several 2- to 3-pound rainbow trout. The hot fly was an olive green wolly bugger.
Saturday was the Tenmile BASS club's last bass tournament of the year. The tournament was a good one, with 14 boats showing up. It was planned to be a two-day event, but because of the weather forecast for Sunday, it was decided to just fish Saturday. First place went to Ray Austin and Det Mason with a 12.52-pound total for their five largemouth bass. The big fish of the tournament was brought in by Jerry Cool and Craig Sutphin at 3.44 pounds.
Anglers are still reporting excellent catches of yellow perch, bluegill and black crappie on Tenmile Lakes. A good place to take the kids for panfish is off the county boat launch docks located in Lakeside. With the lake level still down 6 feet last weekend and creek levels low, coho salmon fishing hasn't kicked off yet on the lake. With more rain forecast this week, anglers should see some coho entering Tenmile Lakes soon.
Local rivers: Anglers reported very slow fall Chinook fishing on the Chetco River last weekend. The river levels are still low and clear even after last weekend's rain. Look for conditions to improve with more rain on the way this week.
Last week fishing was good at the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers. Last weekend's rain had little impact on the Elk River flows, but raised the Sixes River which put the Chinook on the move. Drift boaters caught fish on Kwik Fish wrapped with sardines or back bouncing roe and sand shrimp. Look for river levels to rise with this week's forecasted rains.
Last week anglers were still picking up a few Chinook and coho salmon in both the Coquille and Coos River basins. Rains should continue to push salmon up to their spawning grounds and with Thanksgiving getting close, we should start to see some early winter steelhead show up.
Anglers drift fishing the main stem of the Umpqua River between Sawyer's Rapids and Scotts Creek reported catching a few winter steelhead last week. One drift boat reported catching 5 steelhead side drifting salmon roe. They also caught and released a few dark colored coho salmon..
Area shellfish: As of Friday, Nov. 13, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Agriculture closed the recreational Dungeness crab fishery and the commercial bay fishery from Heceta Head (north of Florence) to the Oregon California border. The closure is due to elevated levels of domoic acid. For more information, you can contact the ODFW at 541-867-4741 or the Department of Agriculture's Shellfish Hotline at 1-800-448-2474.
Clamming inside the bays along the Oregon Coast is open and has not been affected.