OREGON: Southwest – Bait Fishers Can Now Feed Salmon Eggs to Steelhead

Offshore bottom fishing has been excellent when boats have been able to get out. The ocean is closed to crabbing through November.

Trollers in Winchester Bay have been catching fish daily but the number of fish has started to wane. Crabbing is good in the bay.

Chinook fishing has remained steady in the lower Coquille River for boaters trolling herring.

Crabbing is excellent in Coos Bay from boats as well as from the docks although Dungeness are not yet in prime condition. Chinook catches have slowed.

Chinook are in evidence but off the bite on the lower Rogue. Steelheading has been good on the middle river. The flies-only restriction on the Rogue above Shady Cove has ended. Bait fishers can now feed real salmon eggs to steelhead which are dining downstream of spawning chinook. No bait is allowed below Shady Cove to the old Gold Ray Dam site but artificial lures are OK to use in addition to flies.

Brookings area trollers have been making steady catches of chinook. Jetty anglers throwing spoons are also hooking up with a 50-pounder landed last week. The Chetco is scheduled to open above River Mile 2.2 on November 5th but the opening is contingent upon water levels.

While water levels are still fairly low, chinook fishing was very good at the Elk River late last week but slowed as hundreds of anglers stormed the area. The Sixes River is producing fair to good catches of chinook in tidewater.

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