Central and South Coast Fishing Reports October 6th, 2017

From TGF’s friend Pete Heley (PeteHeley.com)

Coho salmon season opened last Monday on Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile Lakes. There are not any returning salmon in those lakes yet, but Siltcoos could receive returning salmon at any time since a high tide could get them into the lake’s Siltcoos River outlet and the river’s dam with fish ladder is in tidewater.

It may be interesting the weekend after next when there is a bass tournament on the lake and possibly quite a few salmon anglers. It won’t help that that last year a lot of salmon anglers caught their fish while casting towards shore while slowly trolling around the lake. Expect parking space near the Highway 101 bridge to be at a premium – and at the Siltcoos Lake Boat Ramp.

Anglers with 2-rod validations need to remember that those validations are not valid on the three lakes for the rest of the calendar year. They are valid on every other lake, just not the three coho salmon lakes.

Salmon anglers fishing from the bank at Winchester Bay are having fair success casting spinners at the usual spots and the “mud hole” at the mouth of Winchester Creek is producing at least a few salmon each day for anglers fishing bobber and bait combos – and baits that have caught fish include sand shrimp, roe, herring and anchovies with sand shrimp and roe or a combination of both being the most popular.

Boat anglers are having to work for their salmon with the guides being far more successful than the average salmon angler. The Coos, Coquille and Siuslaw rivers are starting to offer better and more consistent fishing with bank anglers fishing off the Boardwalk in Coos Bay and off Rhododendron Drive in Florence starting to catch some fish.

An even larger pile perch of three and a half pounds was caught in Winchester Bay’s East Boat Basin topping the two “near three pounders” taken last week. Crabbing remains very good along the entire Oregon coast.

Bottomfish reopened on October 1st in waters deeper than 40 fathoms – with some strict conditions and I strongly suggest anglers read the relevant information on the ODFW’s homepage, or call the helpful folks at the Charleston ODFW office. Their phone number is 541-888-5515.

Fishing for yellow perch at the County Park in Lakeside dropped off this weekend after warmer weather created an algae bloom. Prior to the new algae bloom, the perch were biting well and were fatter than normal, but were topping out at about nine inches. The crappie fishing at Eel Lake is getting tougher as the larger panfish have been caught and kept. At daybreak, there has been considerable surface activity and a fly angler could have a ball catching bluegills and crappies almost all of which are too small to clean. Early morning trollers are doing fair on trout and some larger crappie have been caught at the upper ends of the lake’s two arms.

Fishing is improving with an increased chance at larger fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and crappie, while fishing for bluegills is slowing down with the best fishing in the afternoons.

A really active thread on ifish.net last week dealt with guide misbehavior. My experience has been that a strong majority of them are knowledgeable, thoughtful and considerate people. But there have been a few that lacked every one of those qualities and I fail to see how being terrible at public relations should be part of anyone’s business plan.

Pete Heley works part-time at the Stockade Market & Tackle, across from ‘A’ Dock, in Winchester Bay where he is more than happy to swap fishing info with anyone.