Lots of Outdoor Options as Fall Approaches

Among the traditional favorite crabbing spots along the Oregon coast are Coos Bay, Winchester Bay, Yaquina (Newport Bay), the lower Alsea at Waldport, and Bandon just to name a few. Coos Bay provides a wonderful mixed bag of fishing, crabbing, and clamming opportunites. With all the crab, tuna and silver salmon coming coming across the boat ramp, there was a waiting line yesterday at the fish cleaning station at Charleston. I am headed coastside in a few days where will be located just south of Bandon into September. From this location I can sample a number of great early Fall fisheries and crabbing areas including the mouth of the Rogue for Fall Chinook, the lower Coquille at Bandon, and Charleston (Coos Bay)for salmon fishing and crabbing.

Big & Bright and Full of Fight - Fall Chinook are on the Bite

The Mighty Rogue River in southwest Oregon is famous for Chrome Fall Fatties

Mining Platinum on the Mighty Rogue River at Gold Beach, Oregon

Mining Platinum on the Mighty Rogue River at Gold Beach, Oregon

Umpqua Smallmouth take plastics and crankbaits with equal vigor

An Umpqua Smalmouth succumbs to Tom Lindly's favorite crankbait.

In spite of a mediocre salmon run, we scored very good numbers on our 2009 salmon trips

Randy & Max Adkins with a mixed bag of McKenzie salmon and steelhead

Spring Chinook Season on the McKenzie River will close August 15. Excellent opportunities for Upper McKenzie trout fishing and Mainstem Umpqua smallmouth bass rise up to fill the gap. Even novices generally do well fly-rodding for McKenzie Rainbows. While Umpqua bass are not known for size, they make it up in sheer numbers. It is not unusual to land 200 bass on an Umpqua bass drift.