The Lower Coos Bay estuary has been a little rough from the recent ocean swell

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The lower Coos Bay estuary has been a little rough from the recent ocean swells but anglers can still catch rockfish along the jetty and submerged rock structures when the bay is calmer. Smaller jigs with a twister tail or 1-ounce jigging spoons have been working to catch rockfish and greenling. The daily bag limit for marine fish was recently increased to 7, which for boat anglers cannot include any copper, quillback, China rockfish, or cabezon.

Bank anglers can still retain one copper, quillback or China rockfish and 1 cabezon as part of their daily bag limit. Boat and bank anglers are also allowed 2 lingcod per day.     

Steelhead anglers have been hitting the local rivers with very little success. The next significant rain should bring good numbers of steelhead up the rivers. There is good public access at the Millicoma Interpretive Center on the West Fork Millicoma River and at Nesika Park on the East Fork Millicoma River. There is lots of bank access on the South Fork Coos River but anglers fishing above Dellwood will need a fishing permit from Weyerhaeuser. 

Trout fishing in streams and rivers is now closed until next spring.

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