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SOA Charters - Coos Bay

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Indigenous Adventures Guide Service

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J, Standifer Guide – Winchester Bay

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SOA Charters - Winchester Bay

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J, Standifer Guide Service – Elkton

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Coos Bay offers anglers an astounding variety of possibilities. This port town in southwest Oregon boasts some of the best saltwater fishing in the state, but what you might not expect is a handful a freshwater opportunities that also top the charts. Coos Bay doesn’t have a reputation like Portland or Astoria, but it certainly has the prospects to compete with both. From Largemouth Bass to some of Oregon’s best Crabbing and Clamming, this place has it all—along with plenty of Coos Bay fishing charters to help you make the most of it.

Coos Bay Fishing Spots

Coos Bay

This is Oregon’s largest bay, and it comes with some special opportunities. You can expect excellent bottom fishing year-round, in addition to outstanding Chinook Salmon fishing in fall. Halibut season typically runs from May to September, adding to the list of delectable catches in these waters. In late summer, charter boats in Charleston catch Albacore Tuna offshore. This town at the entrance of Coos Bay also offers consistently good Crabbing all year, as well as access to some productive bottom fishing grounds several miles offshore.

Even if you don’t manage to board a boat here, you can take advantage of excellent fishing opportunities in Coos Bay. Local flats produce some of the best Clamming in Oregon throughout most of the year. Casting lines from numerous jetties around the bay will bring you Lingcod, Surfperch, and Rockfish. Anglers also land the occasional Striped Bass while surf fishing on the north and south shorelines outside the bay’s entrance.

Coquille River

The freshwater angler will find a whole other world of opportunities in the streams and rivers surrounding Coos Bay. Coquille River is one of the most productive fishing spots in the area, featuring strong winter Steelhead and fall Chinook runs in addition to spring Chinook, wild Coho Salmon, and some Striped Bass.

A small number of Chinook swim through in late spring, but the fall run beginning in August marks the true start of Salmon season here. Around the same time of year, sea-run Cutthroat Trout enter the river. Winter Steelhead appear in late November and peak around January and February. Fishing for wild Steelhead is strictly catch and release, but you can keep a few hatchery fish with clipped fins.

Small Streams

A number of small streams near Coos Bay offer decent winter Steelheading opportunities with less fishing pressure. These include the Lower Tenmile Creek just below the Tenmile Lakes, Floras Creek, Brush Creek, Euchre Creek, Hunter Creek, Pistol River, and Winchuck River.

Empire Lakes

The Empire Lakes in Coos Bay produce excellent Rainbow Trout fishing from October through spring. In fall, you can expect a good fight from 14-inch “pounder” Rainbows in these waters. The lakes also host a modest number of Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Bullhead Catfish, and Largemouth Bass. Bass fishing tends to be best here from fall through early spring.

Tenmile Lake

If you’re one for Bass fishing, don’t overlook Tenmile Lake just 17 miles north of Coos Bay. This is Oregon’s premier Largemouth Bass fishing destination, featuring year-round angling opportunities and a series of tournaments in spring and summer. You’ll also find Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Catfish, Stocked Rainbows, and native Cutthroat Trout here. Coho Salmon show up in late fall before heading toward major tributaries.

Coos Bay Fishing Styles

Trolling

Anglers typically catch Salmon in Coos Bay by trolling. You’re likely to troll cut-plug Herring near the entrance of the bay, whereas spinners prove more effective in the midbay zones. It’s also common to troll for Albacore Tuna when they are in season. Locals troll rubber-skirted and feathered jigs to catch this fish instead of live bait.

Bottom Fishing

Bottom fishing in the bay and ocean produces Lingcod, Rockfish, Halibut, and more. Typical baits include Herring, Octopus, and jigs.

Surf Fishing

You can catch a variety of fish while casting lines from jetties and the shoreline surrounding Coos Bay. Clam necks, Sand Shrimp, and Herring pieces entice Surfperch, Lingcod, and more. Light tackle and fly fishing are both effective.

Freshwater Fishing

Fly anglers will find no shortage of opportunities while fishing for winter Steelhead in the Coquille River and local streams. You can catch fish in the Empire and Tenmile Lakes using a baited hook or small crappie jig tipped with nightcrawler, mealworm, or other natural bait. Fishing the bait under a small bobber will result in more visual excitement and reduces the chances of snagging your line.

Need to Know

Anglers in your group age 12 and older must purchase an Oregon fishing license, whether you plan on fishing alone or with one of many Coos Bay fishing charters.

Many local species have size and bag limits, so make sure you’re familiar with local regulations if you plan on keeping your catch. The season and catch limits for Halibut are published in March each year, but you can usually expect to fish for this species between May and September. Regulations for ocean Salmon and Steelhead are set in April. Sturgeon fishing in southwest Oregon is strictly catch and release.

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January

You can expect a fair amount of rain at the start of the year, with average temperature ranging from 40-53°F. Rainfall drives local Crabs into hiding, but it draws Sturgeon out into the Bay.

February

February offers good fishing for winter Steelhead, along with decent Crabbing and Clamming. The Tenmile Lake Bass Club hosts their first tournament of the year in February.

March

Clamming is excellent at this time of year. If the weather allows, surf fishing or bottom fishing for Lingcod is also productive. Bass fishing continues to stay strong in the local lakes.

April

Anglers tend to lose interest in Dungeness Crab at this time of year, when their shells are soft and their table value decreases. On the other hand, Clamming has never been better.

May

You might catch some spring Chinook while fishing the Coquille River in late spring. Halibut season usually opens in May, giving anglers plenty of reasons to gear up for some serious bottom fishing offshore.

June

With very little rain in the forecast and temperatures as high as 64°F, June is a great time to try your luck offshore for Lingcod and Halibut. Surf fishing will bring you Surfperch and much more.

July

In July, you can experience some of the best weather Coos Bay has to offer, with nothing but sunny days in sight. Many charters are heading offshore for Tuna and bottom fish.

August

August offers some of the greatest variety here in Coos Bay. Fall Chinook are entering the bay, while Albacore Tuna continue to give anglers a run for their money offshore.

September

You can expect excellent freshwater fishing in fall. Chinook, sea-run Cutthroat, and winter Steelhead are swimming in the streams. Meanwhile, the Empire Lakes offer some of their best Trout and Bass fishing.

October

You can continue fishing for Bass and big Rainbow Trout in the Empire Lakes during October. Salmon fishing is still strong, and Dungeness Crab is making a comeback.

November

Winter Steelhead will keep fly fishermen busy in the river, while bottom fish continue to offer great action in the bay. Now’s your chance to witness the last Tenmile Lake Bass Tournament of the year.

December

Salmon season may be over, but you can revel in excellent lake fishing all winter. Those who aren’t put off by steady rainfall can catch Crab, Lingcod, and more in the bay.

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Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Great guide, pampered experience! It's great to meet such a knowledgeable guide with an equally great attitude!
Paul  W.
Paul W. Salem, OR
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Learned sooo much about crabbing, ocean sea lions, sand bars all so interesting - Captain and First Mate are top shelf first class fishing, crabbing and sea adventure charter👍❤️🌊🦀😎
Ruth  S.
Ruth S. Albuquerque, NM
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Went out at 6am with the captain! We first went and hauled some pots of crab and caught 96 crabs in three pots! That part was awesome! Went up the river and got skunked for three hours! We tried what we could but no one was catching fish around us either.....unfortunately weather wasn’t cooperating with us and the ocean was off limits during our time on the boat! We would recommend SOA again!
Randi  A.
Randi A. Toquerville, UT
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
They both worked really hard to get fish in the boat. Both really nice, stand up guys. Highly recommend!
Robert  C.
Robert C. Manteca, CA
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Travis and his deckhand were awesome and did everything to ensure my boys and husband had a great time. Travis really went the extra mile and we greatly appreciated it knowing he didn’t have to. Thank you much!
Kami  A.
Kami A. Jiggs, NV
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Indigenous Adventures is a first class guide service, and Cooper Hedgecock is a true professional, who possesses a tremendous amount of knowledge about every kind of fishing you can imagine in Oregon and Alaska. What a fantastic experience fishing on the Coos River. Cooper's boat is emaculate and the fishing gear provided is top notch. I can't recommend this experience enough.
William  B.
William B. Portland, Oregon
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Amazing views, friendly and knowledgeable captain. Fun fun fun. Will be back soon ( I hope) Traveled all the way from SF California. Thank you!
Dennis  B.
Dennis B. Portland, Oregon
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Indigenous Adventures Guide Service
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Captain Cooper worked his tail off to make sure that or day on the water one to remember. New to the Oregon waters I now have a understanding of what it takes to fish these waters. I am looking forward to spending a day drift boat fishing soon with Captain Cooper.
Daniel  M.
Daniel M. Coos Bay, Oregon
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Had a great trip with great guy’s. Very helpful and they really know their stuff. Going to book again. My wife had a great Birthday because of them. Can’t thank them enough. Defiantly worth booking with for a fishing/ crabbing trip.
Gary  S.
Gary S. Remote, OR
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
A bluebird day and despite the bumpy ocean, Travis found the fish and patiently guided some first-timers to a great time catching a bunch of big fish. The boys are already talking about the next trip. Thanks Travis!
Matt  H.
Matt H. Eugene, OR
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Even though we didn't catch anything because of bad weather we still got to see some whales and sea loins.
Keith  B.
Keith B. Reno, NV
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
SOA Charters - Coos Bay
Fishing charter in Coos Bay
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 20 reviews
Took a trip today with Captain Travis and had a great time. If you ever get a chance to book a trip on SOA Charters you won't regret it. Travis is an amazing Captain who will help you get your limits with fantastic equipment. Thanks again can't wait to do it again!
Julie  L.
Julie L. Roseburg, OR

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Coos Bay

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Coos Bay costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $195. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Coos Bay is 26 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, SOA Charters - Coos Bay, Indigenous Adventures Guide Service, and J, Standifer Guide – Winchester Bay are some of the most popular fishing charters in Coos Bay, Oregon. Full list of top fishing charters in Coos Bay.

SOA Charters - Coos Bay, Indigenous Adventures Guide Service, and J, Standifer Guide – Winchester Bay all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Coos Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Coos Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Coos Bay, Oregon.

The most popular fish species you can target are Salmon, Tuna (Bluefin), and Halibut. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, heavy tackle, and trolling. River fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

You can expect a fair amount of rain at the start of the year, with average temperature ranging from 40-53°F. Rainfall drives local Crabs into hiding, but it draws Sturgeon out into the Bay. Check availability for local fishing charters in Coos Bay.