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Out Our Back Door

    South Coast Offers Fun All Year Round
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: Long-handled dip net poised at the ready, a smelt angler faces down a small wave. A few seconds of calm water will follow -- and maybe some shiny smelt!

    By Tom Baake
    Part of what makes the South Coast a sportsperson's paradise is the variety of hunting, fishing and foraging opportunities. There's always something in season, or coming into it. Lately it's been smelt, but where's the albacore? Still 50 miles out, or so they say. Can the salmon be far behind? Yes indeed, seasonal delicacies of many kinds are close at hand, from mountaintop to seashore – did you know kelp has a season, too? It's a wondrous progression of nature's bounty.
    Fishing, for example, has dozens of variations, especially if you add in shellfish-gathering. One's potential piscine quarry has a wide size range as well, from smelt and anchovies weighing a few ounces to recording-setting salmon all the way up to monster halibut and sturgeon. And the gear! A fishing buddy has more than 30 different rods and reels, depending on what's he going after. Plus there's always something new he's contemplating buying.
    It's hard to get bored with fishing, mostly because there are so many kinds to go after and conditions to contend with. Lakes, rivers, estuaries, ocean.
    Knowledgeable anglers know what each season brings. Just lately it was smelt. For this, a long-handled net designed specifically for smelt-dipping is used, although other anglers cast small nets.
    As with the pursuit of any quarry – shad to chanterelle – the prospective hunter/gatherer must practice technique. I tagged along with a friend the other day to a popular smelting beach, but unlike others out there easily filling their buckets, we were skunked – despite some pointers, such as wait until the wave breaks, then look carefully in the brief bit of calm before the next wave.
    Yes, there's definitely a learning curve. But if it were easy there'd be more people doing it and next thing you know it would be fished out or more regulated.
    As for fun, for years I've been told it's hard to beat fishing for small-mouth bass on the Umpqua River. Starting just upriver from the head of tide, there are miles of shoals, smooth-rock channels, little pools and underwater ledges ideal for the bass, and also good crawdadding. A series of boat ramps offers easy access – even if you're not pulling a boat.
    But according to the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, the Coquille River's the place to be right now for small-mouth bass, thanks to new regulations aimed at reducing illegally introduced bass on Chinook salmon populations. They mean business! Anglers can now use bait, spears and spear guns to harvest small-mouths, and there are no daily bag limits or length limits.
    The new regs started July 15 and go to Oct. 31, and apply to the mainstem Coquille River and the East, Middle, North, and South forks.
    Coquille adult fall Chinook returns were extremely low in 2018 and 2019, and ODF&W staff reviews showed the illegally introduced small-mouth bass are partly to blame for poor returns.
    "Anglers have been asking for the option to use spears and spear guns to harvest small-mouth here, and now they not only have the opportunity to do that, they will also help our fall Chinook population," said ODF&W biologist Gary Vonderohe. "These invasive fish may also be impacting Pacific lamprey."
    Biologists first confirmed small-mouth bass in the Coquille in 2011 and discovered several age classes, meaning the fish had been in the river for several spawning cycles. Vonderohe said their range grows yearly because the Coquille is a small system with habitat and temperatures conducive to small-mouth bass reproduction. 
    The new temporary regs for small-mouths also apply to striped bass in the Coquille Basin. Anglers are encouraged to catch and remove as many small-mouths and striped bass as possible from the river.
    Although not native to the Coquille, small-mouth bass are considered a game fish and must not be wasted. Anglers can use them in many ways, including table fare, garden fertilizer, or as crab bait. Personally, I consider the firm, white flesh a delicacy whether fried, sautéed or grilled – just another of our many special tastes of the season here on the amazing South Coast.
    To find fishing places on the Coquille River, you can view ODF&W maps to the South Fork Coquille and lower Coquille at
    For more information call Mike Gray at ODF&W at 541-888-5515. The ODF&W website for this region is

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    In Search of Elusive Wild Blackberries
    Tom Baake

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    By Tom Baake
    With the cancellation of events like the Coos County Fair and Coos Bay's Blackberry Arts Festival, it was suggested that I encourage people to find other ways to celebrate. For example, my neighbor Marie said "you could tell people that this is the year to get out and pick some real blackberries, not those crummy seedy Himalayans."
    By "real" blackberries she meant the native Rubus Ursinus, which goes by a variety of names: trailing blackberry, wild mountain blackberry, Pacific blackberry or Northwest dewberry. As the first of the names might imply, the vines trail along the ground, as opposed to the nightmarish tangle and sprawl of Himalayans. They're more delicate, smaller and sweeter but most importantly to a lot of people, much less seedy. They're ripe right now, several weeks ahead of the Himalayans, and the season is short.
    There's a second species of trailing blackberry, called cutleaf or evergreen, which was imported from Europe in the late 1800s and is sometimes confused with the native kind.
    As for the Himalayan, it's actually from Armenia and was introduced by famed botanist Luther Burbank, who thought it superior because of the vine's hardiness, larger berries and abundant yields. Some people don't mind the seeds that much. It's said seeds soften a bit when made into jam. Other folks crush the berries and strain out the seeds for jelly or a nutritious juice.
    Before leaving the topic of Himalayans, I must acknowledge that owing to all the late rain, we have a bumper crop ripening up this year. Roadsides, riverbanks, forest floors, back yards, empty fields and just about every other horizontal and vertical surface has been overtaken. Thanks to their awful proclivity to constantly expand their territory, it may be safe to say that there have never been so many blackberries.
    Since blackberries don't ripen after picking, choosing ripe berries is important. Longtime pickers look for what are called swollen druplets, the tiny berries that make up a blackberry. When ripe, the berry should come off easily, If not, wait another day or so. Overripe ones should be eaten immediately.
    Finding blackberries
    Native blackberries often grow along with Hymalians and the other trailing variety. But sometimes they're in patches of their own, locations of which can be closely guarded secrets. We are, however, fortunate to have plenty of public lands on which to pick, ranging from Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service holdings, to state, county, city parks and port districts.
    Some of the best blackberries grow in the fertile soil of the Coquille River Valley. Check out Wallace Dement County Park and Johnson Mill Pond County Park, both a few miles outside of Coquille. In Myrtle Point, there's a huge sprawl of berry vines around the boat ramp.
    In the Coos Bay area, visit the Millicoma Marsh Trails in the Eastside district. In North Bend, visit Airport Heights Park. In that vicinity, near the front of the Bureau of Land Management office, is an asphalt trail lined with blackberries.
    In Bandon, check out the surroundings at the fish hatchery off Highway 42S, and also just east of the lighthouse on the North Jetty. Coastal riverbanks are lined with blackberries, and in some places, such as the Chetco River in Brookings and the Rogue River in Gold Beach, you can drive right down to the gravel bars and add blackberry-gathering to the day's picnic activities.
    As for my neighbor Marie, she's been at this game for many years, and had a clever way to get at the prized berries this year. Or perhaps the word is devious?
    I saw her getting ready to drive off the other day, and she waved me over. Seems her granddaughter Belle had just gotten her learner's permit, and wanted to drive Grandma's old Chevy. Marie was okay with that, as long as they made a little detour.
    When they got back later that day, she waved me over again and showed me a quart container nearly full of the coveted little natives. I popped a couple in my mouth. A burst of midsummer! But Belle didn't look very happy. She told Marie that blackberry picking was a lot harder than she remembered. It seems Marie was only interested in the wild natives and kept rejecting young Belle's offerings of the easier-to-find Himalayans. "They're only good for jelly, and I've got something else in mind," she said.
    Marie asked Belle if she was staying for supper and Belle said yes. I could see Marie light up, and I knew Belle would probably be getting a lesson in blackberry pie making.
    Maybe next week we'll learn how the pie turned out.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Popular Bike Trail System Draws Beginners and Pros
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A mountain bike stands ready to cross a new bridge in the Whiskey Run Mountain Bike trail system between Coos Bay and Bandon.

    By Tom Baake
    One of the most fun and family-friendly free places in Coos County just keeps getting better. The Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails in the Coos County forest between Coos Bay and Bandon continues to be expanded and fine-tuned by professional trail builders and a cadre of volunteers.
    Recent improvements include a new plank bike bridge to keep riders above one of the area's main creeks, and a new trail segment that connects the two east-side trail sections. Erin Kessler of the trail-building firm Ptarmigan Ptrails said the recent additions bring the system up to 24 miles, with a third phase still ahead.
    Funding has come from grants from the state's Travel Oregon and State Parks divisions, and other sources such as the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. In addition to the obvious recreational benefits, the trail system is intended to showcase the various uses of the county forest, such as ongoing logging and reforestation. Sometimes seen as an impediment to development, the rolling, rugged terrain and plunging canyons turn out to be ideal for mountain biking, especially for what are called "flow trails" that involve a minimum of drastic elevation changes.
    Trails are rated much like ski runs – beginner, intermediate, and most-challenging ("Black Diamond".) All have whimsical names. An area called The Snag developed for youngsters and beginners has turned out to be one of the most popular sections. Expensive gear isn't required, either, just something with sturdy tires. Of course, always wear a helmet, and distance yourselves appropriately.
    Trails and parking are free and open year round, although bicyclists are urged not to ride when trails are muddy. Riders may use pedal assist e-bikes, but no motorized or throttle bikes. The trails were designed for bicyclists, but are open to hikers and non-motorized users, although you must but watch and listen for cyclists. Also keep in mind the trails were developed for maximum potential riding, so they include superfluous switchbacks and meanders you wouldn't normally encounter on a hiking trail.
    There are free maps at local bike shops and at the two trailhead parking areas, and online at Trail markers, signposts and occasional map-signs can be found throughout the system, but there are also unmarked intersections and trails, so getting around can sometimes be confusing. Some riders navigate with GPS devices and smartphones with trail apps. Then again, some riders just start pedaling and figure it out as they go along.
    Getting There
    From Coos Bay, go south on US 101 about 13 miles and turn right (W) on West Beaver Hill Rd. In about 2 miles turn left (W) on Whiskey Run Ln. The main trailhead parking lot is 0.7 mile; the parking lot for The Snag trails in another 0.9 mile.
    (From Bandon and points south, go north on US 101 about 3 miles and turn left (N) on Seven Devils Rd. In 3 miles turn right (E) on Whiskey Run Ln. It's 1.1 miles to the The Snag area and another 0.9 miles to the main staging area.)
    On a recent visit, I checked out the new bridge and trail segment. Starting from The Snag lower parking area, I took The Snag trail 0.15 mile to its intersection with Hey Bub. Like most of the terrain in The Snag area, Hey Bub eases through airy corridors of ferns, salal, ocean spray and blackberries – including the prized wild variety – while young firs poke skyward to someday shade out the understory.
    The trail took on more than a dozen roller coaster-like ups and downs before coming to an intersection at 0.62 mile with the new trail section to the left (E). It was easy to determine, as the trailside brush and madrones showed signs of recent chopping-back. The footing was suddenly dicey – loose sand – so I eased downhill and soon came to the new bridge. Very impressive!
    With a backdrop of big old cedars and firs, the creek gurgled beneath, serenaded by birdsong and framed by gigantic skunk cabbage growing in the marshy margins.
    From this peaceful setting, I did a couple of short out-and-backs on connecting trails, including Wing and a Prayer, parts of which traverse groves of impressive trees. Returning to the new bridge, I retraced my Hey Bub route to The Snag area, and revisited some fun short loops until I could pedal no more. But I'm keeping up my stamina for longer loops in the future. And who knows? Maybe one of these days I'll take on a Black Diamond!

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of "Oregon South Coast Bike Ride Guide," available at local bookstores, bike shops and at

    Bay Islands Fun to Visit
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: With the city of Coos Bay in the background, a huge cast-up rootwad serves as a natural planter on one of the islands in the estuary.

    By Tom Baake
    When it comes to social distancing, it's hard to beat a deserted island. Although we don't hear much about them, there are more than a half-dozen islands in the vast Coos Bay estuary, and several in the Umpqua River near Reedsport and the Siuslaw River in Florence. There are even some in the Coquille River and Rogue River.
    Some are privately owned, but others -- such as those in Coos Bay -- belong to the local port district or other public agencies, and can be visited. Many in the Coos Bay estuary resulted from the practice in past years of in-bay dumping of dredge spoils from channel deepening projects. (Nowadays they take the spoils out to sea.) At least one of them – Valino Island near Charleston – is naturally occurring, and had people living on it years ago.
    Seldom visited except by hardy birdwatchers and geocachers, the islands are self-contained wildlife sanctuaries just minutes from busy Bay Area towns. And unlike Oregon's ocean islands that are off-limits to people, the bay islands don't have such restrictions, although as noted some are private property.
    Landing on some of them can be tricky, though, since they're mostly surrounded by thick, sticky mud that's revealed to varying degrees during low tide. High tide brings shallow water lapping over the mudflats, making landfall a bit easier.
    As with any water-related activity, wind is also a factor. It may not be as predictably exact as tide times, but you can pretty much count on the north wind kicking up every summer afternoon. So, mindful of these issues, on a recent nice morning with favorable conditions, I launched my kayak from the Eastside Boat Ramp about two hours before low tide, and paddled leisurely with the outgoing flow.
    I followed the channel, at first heading west, then swinging north along the shoreline directly across from the city of Coos Bay. Even here, so close to town, the natural world was constantly revealed, from the stately lift-offs of snow-white herons and deep-blue egrets, to the fleets of small shorebirds that rose as one only to swirl around and land back in the same place after I'd passed by.
    After a quarter-mile of paddling, I cleared the tip of Eastside's White Point. Still heading north, I closed in on the island. Its east side has shallow water and sticky mudflats uncovered at low tide, while the best landing places at both high and low tide are on the south and west sides. This is pretty much the case with the other bay islands, too.
    Once ashore, I pulled my kayak well up onto the beach and tied it to a big half-buried log, and proceeded to explore. Mixed into the cast-up stuff were huge, artistically-swirled burls and stumps, along with all manner of driftwood and many old weathered planks, but happily not much trash.
    I knew from previous trips that it isn't practical to walk around the island at waterline, not only because of the mud, but also because of the many small inlets and coves that are tricky to cross. Better to head up from the shoreline, threading a way through the low-growing pickleweed and other salt-tolerant plants on the floodplain.
    Faint game trails run along just above the wrack line, while thick vegetation effectively shuts off the island's interior.
    After a bit more exploration, I returned to the beach where I noticed the stick I'd stuck in the sand at waterline when I landed was under a few inches of water now, and little waves were lapping up towards my kayak. The tide had turned!
    Now I could continue my trip, paddling north briefly before slipping into the channel that separates the two largest islands. Glistening with exposed mud just a few hours previously, it held enough water for me to paddle through and turn south, staying in deeper water offshore. With the incoming tide carrying me back up-bay, I paralleled the east side of the island.
    Once clear of the island, I crossed the channel and soon passed White Point and Eastside again. The faintest of wind had kicked in. I surfed along on small waves, riding the incoming tide and the warm north wind all the way back, already thinking about my next sojourn to one of our intriguing local islands.

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is co-author of "Oregon South Coast Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Guide," available at book stores, visitor centers or at
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Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. 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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.














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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Amanda Libbett

Display Advertising Sales

Amanda has resided 10 years in the community, with 6 years sales and marketing experience.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.