Fishing report, June 1: It’s time for Free Fishing Weekend – Coos Bay World
Local lakes: This Saturday and Sunday (June 3-4) will be Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. During this weekend, no licenses are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the ODFW will be hosting an event on Eel lake at Tugman State Park. At a series of stations, kids will learn how to identify fish, tie knots, cast, fishing courtesy and water safety.
Kids 12 and under will have the chance to catch rainbow trout out of a pen set up in the lake. Lunch will be provided during the event. For more information call Gary Vonerohe at 541-888-5515.
The annual Elk River Hatchery event moved to Arizona Pond located 15 miles south of Port Orford on U.S. Highway 101 across from Prehistoric Gardens. This event is open for youth age 17 and under. Rods, reels, bait and tackle will be provided for the event along with ice and bags so kids can take their fish home. Port Orford Rotary is providing lunch and refreshments. For more details call Davis Chambers at 541-332-7025.
Largemouth bass fishing was very good out at Tenmile Lakes in Lakeside over the holiday weekend. Cathy at Ringo’s Lakeside Marina told me that five of their bass rental boats averaged 2 largemouth per boat with a 3 to 4 pound fish average. Brush Hogs, plastic lizard baits and topwater frogs were the popular baits last weekend.
Local rivers: Spring Chinook fishing was slow on the lower Rogue River last weekend. Today (June 1) anglers can keep wild Chinook as part of their 2 fish limit. Anglers are starting to catch a few smallmouth bass and a fair number of striped bass on the Coquille River. Both species move around quite a bit, but Arago boat ramp is a good place to start searching.
Local anglers are still reporting good catches of shad on the Umpqua River. The smallmouth bass fishing has been heating up on the mainstem of the Umpqua. Anglers reported catching smallies up to 18 inches on shallow diving Yozuri plugs last week.
Pacific Ocean, bays and beaches: Anglers are reporting good perch and rockfish catches from the jetties in Coos Bay. Perch fishing from the Bandon north jetty started to pick up as the pinkfin have started coming into the estuary. Scott Carmichael leads the May Surf Perch Derby with a 3.0-pound pink fin surfperch. We will post the results of the derby next week.
Local sport boats and charter boats reported excellent catches of rockfish and ling cod last weekend. Today starts another 3-day spring all-depth halibut opener.
Sunday, June 4 is opening day for the nearshore halibut season open 7 days a week until Oct. 31 or when the quota of 28,897 pounds is met.
Area shellfish: Bay clamming was excellent last week up in the Charleston area. Next week will start another series of minus-tides which provides great access along the Cape Arago highway and the Charleston flats.
Crabbing continues to be fair up in the Coos Bay and Charleston area. Crabbing was slow over the holiday weekend here in Bandon. One family did manage to catch 3 keepers off of Webber’s Pier on Saturday.
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