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Bandon Fishing Report

Local lakes: Fishing for rainbow trout up in Empire Lakes in Coos Bay has slowed down since it was stocked two weeks ago. Lots of fishing pressure has contributed to the slower catch rate.

Recently stocked Saunders Lake has been the go-to spot for anglers looking to hook a nice rainbow. Most anglers bank fish Saunders Lake and float Power Bait or night crawlers off the lake bottom. Saunders Lake is located on U.S. Highway 101 between Coos Bay and Lakeside.

Bradley Lake here in Bandon was just stocked with an additional 800 1-pound rainbow trout. This will be the state's last trout stocking until the spring of 2018.

Last week anglers reported good coho salmon fishing up in Tenmile Lakes in Lakeside. Most of the coho were running on the small size, about 6 pounds and were caught up in Coleman Arm.

This past weekend coho up to 12 pounds were taken by anglers fishing in Templeton Arm. One angler did report catching an early winter steelhead last week while fishing for coho.

Local rivers: Anglers fishing the Chetco River in Brookings reported decent bobber fishing in the deeper holes at the top of the tide water last weekend. This Friday (Nov. 3) anglers are no longer restricted to fly or bobber fishing from river mile 2.2 to Nook Creek for fall Chinook salmon on the Chetco River. This is only the beginning of the Chinook run on the Chetco River, which usually peaks in mid-November.

Fishing was decent last week on the Elk and Sixes rivers after our first good rain event. Since then, both rivers are back to low river levels and fishing has been slow. Local angler Robert Johnson did manage to land a 34-inch Chinook at the mouth of the Elk River last weekend.

Look for fishing to improve after the next good rain event.

Not much effort on the Coquille or Coos river systems for fall Chinook. A few salmon have been taken on the lower Coquille River at Seven Mile Slough. Most of the salmon have moved upriver toward the spawning grounds after last week's rains. Bank anglers are still catching a few Chinook on the Coos River near the mouth of Daniels Creek and up in Isthmus Slough.

Pacific Ocean: As weather permits, a few sport boats out of the Port of Coos Bay continue to participate in the long leader rock fish fishery outside of 40 fathoms. Yesterday was the opening day for the recreational Elk River Ocean Chinook Bubble Fishery. The season runs through Nov. 30. Most boats fish out of the Port of Port Orford and are equipped with straps to be lowered and lifted for this fishery.

Anglers have been reporting good pink fin surf perch fishing along the South Coast. This year-round fishery is a good way to put fresh fish on the table now that the bottomfishing is closed on the coast.

Area shellfish: Crabbing is still closed from the Bandon north jetty to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The fishery is still open north of Bandon to the Washington state border.

Boaters in Coos Bay are reporting excellent catches of Dungeness crab. Dock crabbing in Empire and Charleston has been decent. Bay clamming has remained open along the entire Oregon coast and mussel harvesting is open along the South Coast.

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

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