SW Oregon Report – Avid angler Tim Moran reports:
The McKenzie – There likely won’t be a report here for a while. The river and towns in the mid river section have been destroyed by wildfire. It was really fishing like the gem it is prior to the fire. Let’s hope it will be as resilient as it is beautiful.
Detroit Reservoir – Kokanee and rainbow fishing was good before the fires. I’m afraid of what might be left when the road opens again.
Rogue Bay – Fishing for Kings has been good in the bay trolling anchovies naked or on a spinner rig. Big crowds – but that usually means good fishing. The lower river should be going soon!
Winchester Bay – Chinook are moving through the bay and fishing near the jaws with herring is fair. Fishing is improving in tidewater trolling herring, spinners behind Pro Trolls and bobber and eggs. Bay crabbing has been good.
Coos River – The Coos estuary is the hot spot on the SW coast. The better guides are getting limits and extra hook ups. 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.