SW Oregon Fishing Reports

From Avid Angler Tim Moran

The McKenzie – The river just keeps producing great fly fishing. PMD, Caddis, Stones, Terrestrials are all taking fish, a 14 or 16 Adams is almost too easy! Nymphs and Euro Nymphing techniques are working too. Casting Rooster Tails and Panther Martin spinners or drifting worms is very good.

Detroit Reservoir – Fishing for kokanee is good trolling in 30 to 50 feet with hoochies behind a flasher. Downriggers are helpful for this fishery but you can reach these fish with long, braided lines and 3 to 4 oz. of weight. Using your fish finder electronics is key to finding the fish.

Rogue Bay – I didn’t get a fresh report but did see a picture last weekend and you could walk across the boats – so the fish must be in.

Winchester Bay – Chinook are moving into the bay and fishing near the jaws with herring is fair. Bay crabbing has been good with full pots of crab in mostly good condition. Salmon Fishing in the upper bay will improve soon too. Fishing herring, spinners, or Brad’s baits behind a 360 flasher will all take fish here and the fishing isn’t quite as “combat’ as the jetty fishing is.

Coos River – The Coos estuary has been good for fall kings to 30 lbs. Fishing a herring 48 to 60 inches behind a short bus type flasher has been effective. Stage your rods so that they are fishing near the bottom to mid depth. for best results.

From ODF&W

Half-pounder steelhead numbers are picking up every day on the lower Rogue. 8/19/20

A good push of Summer steelhead entered Cole Rivers hatchery last week. Some reports have been coming in that anglers are getting them on dark colored flies. Only adipose fin-clipped trout and steelhead may be harvested this time of year on the Rogue. Best bet for gear folks would be plugs, drifting bait, or getting started early on a “bug and bubble.” 8/12/2020

Smallmouth bass are biting well on small pieces of nightcrawler drifted on the bottom of the upper mainstem Coquille and South Fork Coquille rivers. Anglers are having some success free diving and spearfishing smallmouth bass in the South Fork Coquille River along the Powers Hwy and Middle Fork Coquille River. 8/19/20

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  1. Where do I find central Oregon coast reports? I never see reports out of Charleston, etc. Thank you.

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