Fishing in Coos Bay as you might have guessed is very high on the to-do list of activities the area has to offer. First, let me state that I am not an active saltwater fisherman, although I do get out occasionally. I prefer freshwater fishing largely because I’m much more educated in that area. The goal of this page and any which may follow is merely a guide to help get you started. This page would not have been possible without the aid of Don. I want to thank him for helping me organize this section into topics and for all his words of wisdom and for sharing his fishing photographs.

Types of Species in Oregon
Due to the very cold waters which we have along the coast of Oregon the species you find may differ from the ones which I mention below depending just where you might be fishing. Generally, the further south you are the warmer the water. Water temperature is a critical factor in what fish you might find in any area. The most common species found in this immediate area are: Redtail Surfperch, Striped Perch, Striped Bass (rare), Red, Brown, and Yellow Irish Lords, Flounders, Kelp Greenling, Rock Greenling, Black Rockfish, Cabezon, Lingcod, Coho Salmon, and Chinook Salmon.

“First off, terminal tackle refers to everything you attach to the end of your line in order to catch fish. This includes things such as hooks, sinkers, bobbers, swivels, and lures. Anglers should have a range of hook sizes, including single hooks as well as “bait holder” hooks, which already have a leader, and loop attached to the end of them. There are many styles of sinkers, and anglers should have a range of styles and weights, from split-shots, to twist on, to flat, torpedo, and pyramid varieties in sizes from 0.5oz. to five ounces or so. Swivels are helpful in many instances, as are bobbers for suspending an anchovy close to the water surface for Salmon fishing.”


Lures are varied, and there are far too to many to mention here that will yield fish. Don caught a beautiful Salmon using a 1oz. crocodile Lure. The more popular lures that produce are fish trap lures, spinner baits, small grubs (for Redtail Perch) and home-made lures.

Fishing Line: You should have a range of fishing line from 6lb test to 30lb. test. A light line is great for Redtail Perch from the shore due to the lack of obstructions, but if you are fishing in an area with rocks or other obstructions you’ll need to use the higher pound test line. Fishing with a lighter line makes the fish less skittish, and it also makes for a much more fun catch. Lighter lines also cast further and I’ve found have a more “delicate” feel when you get a bite. In general fish the right line for the right circumstances, but beware that ocean fishing is very unpredictable and you’ll never know for sure just what might hit your line at any given time.