One of the greatest things about sport fishing in the Bandon area is that there’s something going on all year long, according to avid fisherman, columnist and local bait shop owner Tony Roszkowski.
Tony knows his fish– he’s been in the bait, tackle and seafood business in Bandon for more than 30 years.
Spring and Summer
The Pacific halibut season kicks off in May and is a local favorite fishery for recreational boaters and charter trips. Ocean bottom fish, salmon and tuna seasons run through the summer months. Bay crabbing and clamming are also popular. Fresh water fishing in lakes and rivers offers rainbow and cutthroat trout and Chinook salmon.
Fall and Winter
Fall is the best time of year to harvest Dungeness crab in the bay at Bandon and in the Empire-Charleston area of Coos Bay. Area lakes are stocked with rainbow trout at this time, too, and some bass also are available to freshwater lake fishers. Boat and bank fishers take advantage of winter steelhead runs.
The Coquille River offers excellent Chinook and coho salmon fishing in the fall and winter and steelhead fishing from December through the end of the run, especially on the North Fork Coquille at Laverne Park and on the South Fork Coquille up to the city of Powers. Wood ducks can be seen year-round at the intake reservoirs. Swallows are common May – September. Herons and kingfishers are common year-round. Picnic tables are available at the hatchery. Visitors can view and feed large rainbow trout in a show pond, and can observe the spawning of salmon and steelhead October – March, usually Tuesday mornings.