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Fishing in the Bay

Regardless of the season, visitors of The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park are drawn to our area for much more than the thrilling games, fine dining and enjoyable events available on our property. This is true year-round, as the location on the shores of Coos Bay provides our guests with many opportunities for fishing. Here’s a breakdown of the most important things you should know about fishing in Coos Bay.

Native Fish of Coos Bay

Whether you’re cruising along the bay in a fishing boat or angling from the shore, Coos Bay is home to an ample population of fish. Depending on closures and the regulations imposed each season, you’ll have the chance to catch and keep the following species:

  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Winter Steelhead
  • Trout
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish – Black, Blue, Deacon, China, Quillback, Copper, Canary, Vermilion
  • Albacore Tuna
  • Rockfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Surf Perch

Salmon Fishing in Coos Bay, Oregon

In addition to these species, you can also try your hand at crabbing and clamming. The Oregon Coast is known for some of the best clamming and crabbing in the entire country, and the same goes for Coos Bay. You’ll also find ideal conditions to collect mussels, so depending on the tide and time of day, it may be worthwhile to bring a cooler to keep your gatherings fresh.

Where to Cast Your Line

Those who love to fish opt to lodge at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park due to our close proximity to the water. In fact, our property touches the shoreline of Coos Bay, right between its North Bend Upper Range and Ferndale Lower Range. This makes us a fishing haven for folks who would rather not travel off-site.

We also act as a home base for anglers who want to experience different portions of Coos Bay. In essence, there is no bad spot along its shores to cast a line, as many locals and tourists alike simply find a quiet spot on a beach or jetty. However, if bottom fishing is what you’re after, consider one of our area’s fishing charters to take you out to deeper waters.

According to the fishing experts at Basin Tackle in Charleston, ideal locations include:
Tenmile Lake: Best quality lake for Largemouth Bass; perch or trout can also be caught here
Empire Lakes: These lakes are stocked a couple times a year with trophy sized trout
Coos Bay: Salmon swim up the bay to spawn from about August/September – early November
Point Adams Jetty or Cape Arago State Park, Charleston – Bottom fishing without a boat
West Form of the Millicoma River or North Fork of the Coquille River for outstanding Winter Steelhead.
Pacific Ocean: Albacore Tuna swim in the summer currents about 30 miles offshore. At times, Dorado and Bluefin can be found among them.
Horsfall Beach: Year Round Surf Perch fishing is available with a generous bag limit of 15 fish per day.
Charleston is the ideal launching point for big-game fishing experiences with easy access boat launches, docks, marine supply stores, fish filleters, crab cooking services and Basin Tackle Bait Shop.

What You Need for Your Fishing Excursion

First and foremost, any anglers over the age of 12 must obtain an Oregon fishing license, regardless of whether you’re fishing off a boat or by yourself on the beach. A separate shellfish license is required for crabbing, clamming or gathering mussels. These licenses can be purchased on a daily or annual basis, with prices varying for children, seniors and nonresidents. You can buy them directly through the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife online or by visiting one of its branches or licensed vendors.

Aside from the proper Oregon fishing or shellfish license, you’ll need the proper bait and other supplies to make for a successful fishing trip. Gear is available for either purchase or rent in many places. There is a host of bait and tackle shops and sporting goods stores in the area, with the closest to The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park located just three miles from our property.

Make Your Accommodations Today

Whether you stay on our property or venture further into the Coos Bay region to catch your dinner, book your stay at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park. Our bay front accommodations include 203 rooms and 102 RV parking spaces so you can travel the way you want. As a plus, you can unwind after fishing in Coos Bay at our casino or one of our on-site restaurants. For more information, call us today at 800-953-4800.

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