Oregon Central & South Coast Fishing Reports for Oct 23rd

Crabbing for Dungeness in the ocean is now closed until December 1st. Results for most crabbers in coastal bays and estuaries are picking up.

Rockfish have been providing offshore anglers reliable limits out of Depoe Bay although the ling cod bite has been erratic.

Surf perch fishing remains good off Oregon beaches and even better at locations further to the south.

Mussel harvesting remains closed on the south coast and razor clamming is closed coast-wide due to naturally-occurring toxins.

Chinook fishing has been productive for trollers pulling herring in Siletz Bay and considerably better than those fishing the river according to recent reports. In addition, crabbing in the bay has been producing limits for boaters.

Trolling for Chinook in the Yaquina River has slowed although Yaquina Bay is still productive for crabbing.

While the lower Siuslaw seems to be of little interest to fresh ocean coho, there are a decent number of wild fish present as well as a good numbers of fall Chinook. Once the fish get moving again (which will occur with some precipitation), there will be better numbers of hatchery keepers available and hopefully some will find their way to the lake to get the troll fishery underway.

While there seem to be plenty of salmon in Winchester Bay, most of those are wild coho which, as of a week ago today, must be released. There are some fin-clipped coho available as well as some Chinook, but catches have been slow to fair for trollers recently. Best fishing seems to be for hatchery Chinook near the mouth of Winchester Creek where bobber and bait fishers are working their magic. Effort for Dungeness crab is light in Half Moon Bay although results have improved. With water temperatures dropping in the Umpqua River, the smallmouth bass fishery has started winding down. Late-day fishing for smallies should remain productive for a while, however.

Trollers have continued to pick up some Chinook on cut plug herring in Coos Bay, despite a recent drop-off in catch numbers with salmon moving up into the Coos River. The quality of crab being taken in the bay is good, a blessing now that ocean crabbing has closed.

Results for rockfish and ling cod slowed over the past week out of Gold Beach but fortunately it has picked up again. Fortunately for offshore anglers, that is, with the number of days when trips out to bottom fish haunts are becoming more valuable. Seasonal rain and wind will soon be upon us. Trollers in Rogue Bay are taking salmon although the majority of those have been coho. Here, as most fishing areas now, coho must be of hatchery origin to retain. Crabbing has been quite good in the bay. Half-pounder fishing has been good in the Agness area. While spinners will take these fish, fly anglers are doing very well in the low water here, particularly with egg flies. Steelheaders are picking up summers on the middle Rogue, with small baits of cured eggs especially effective. With the outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir steady at 850 cfs, the upper Rogue remains a challenge for drift-boaters but those fishing it have been doing well. In this flies-only area, those casting egg imitations are hooking up with summer steelhead byt targeting them below spawning Chinook.

Crabbing is fair in Brookings Harbor with a higher percentage of red rock crab showing in catches recently. Commercial Chinook fishing in the ocean out of Brookings was shut down on October 17th as officials forecast their quota would fill by that date. Trolling for Chinook has been slow but a good number of boats continue to do so. Salmon are also hanging out in tidewater on the lower Chetco River. Bobber and bait has been effective for those who pursue them at first light. Coho may also be kept here but only those with a missing adipose fin; otherwise, back they go.