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Oregon Fish Report - Northwest Zone

November 07, 2017

Northwest Zone

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Chinook fishing is open in coastal streams, and has been good recently.
  • Trout fishing closed in most rivers on Oct. 31.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Trout stocking is complete for the year. Cape Meares, Town, Coffenbury, Lost, and Sunset lakes were stocked with “trophy” rainbow trout in late September.

Cedar Creek hatchery has started planting surplus summer steelhead in Town Lake near Pacific City. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20-inches may be retained, and these fish will all be in that size range.

MID COAST LAKES

Olalla Reservoir has been stocked with about 100 surplus summer steelhead this season. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20 inches may be retained, and these fish will all be in that size range.

Mid coast lakes been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking has ended for the year but there still should be fish around to catch.

ALSEA RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1. Fishing is slow to fair for Chinook. Fish are spread out from tidewater to the deadline at Rivers Edge boat ramp. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

Trout season closed Oct. 31.     

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes during the wild coho season. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

BIG CREEK (CLATSOP COUNTY): Chinook, coho

Hatchery coho, and a few Fall Chinook should be available throughout the system. This Creek drops and clears quickly, so pay attention to water conditions and target it on the drop after rain events.

KILCHIS RIVER:  Chinook, chum (catch-and-release)

Fall Chinook fishing was fair to good following recent high waters, but slowed as the river dropped and cleared. Rain forecasted for this week should improve conditions and bring some fresh fish into the system. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods for Chinook.

Chum salmon are present in the system now and are open for catch and release fishing. Fishing opportunity should be good if water conditions permit. Chum will hit jigs and flies if presented well, as well as more traditional salmon rigs.

KLASKANINE RIVER: Chinook, coho

Hatchery coho, and a few Fall Chinook should be available throughout the system. This River drops and clears quickly, so pay attention to water conditions and target it on the drop after rain events.

NEHALEM: Chinook, coho

Fishing on Nehalem bay has been slow, as most fish headed up river following the last freshet. There could still be fresh fish coming in, however, and trolling herring or spinners can be effective techniques. Expect fishing to remain very slow.

The North Fork Nehalem has been slow recently for hatchery coho as the run winds down. A few fall Chinook are available also. Bobber fishing or drift fishing bait, throwing spinners, twitching jigs are all good techniques.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair. There are fish available throughout the open reaches of the river. Fishing should improve somewhat with forecasted rains this week. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods.

Anglers are reminded that the Nestucca is closed to all salmon fishing above First Bridge (near Beaver) Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, and that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year.

Three Rivers should have fall Chinook available throughout the system.

SALMON RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1. Fishing is fair.

Trout season closed Oct. 31.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

The Siletz River opened for fall Chinook on Aug. 1. Fishing is fair. Fish are spread out from tidewater through the lower river. The Siletz River from Ojalla to the Illahee boat ramp opened to retention of Chinook salmon on Oct. 7. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while angling in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

Trout season closed Oct. 31.

SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook, trout

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1. Fishing is fair. Fish are spread throughout the bay and river up to the deadline on the Siuslaw and Lake Cr.  Lake Cr. opened to Chinook on October 15 up to the deadline at Indian Cr. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

Trout season closed Oct. 31.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while fishing in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

TLLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Fishing in the bay has been mostly fair, with some days better than others. There should still be fresh fish coming in for several more weeks. Trolling herring or rotating flashers and spinners/plugs in the lower bay and spinners in the upper bay are the go to techniques.

Anglers are reminded that there is NO wild coho retention in the rivers and bays this year, and that two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

TRASK RIVER: salmon

Fall Chinook fishing has been moderate to good on the Trask and should continue to be so throughout November as long as water conditions stay decent. The Trask also gets a hatchery coho run, and there are probably still a few of those around below the hatchery. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods.

Anglers are reminded that the dam hole (MP 7 on Trask River Rd up to Blue Ridge Creek) is closed to fishing Sept. 1 - Nov. 30

WILSON RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing was moderate to good following the last high water event. There should be fish available throughout the system. The Wilson can get low and clear fairly fast, so pay attention to water conditions and target it on the drop after rain events. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods. Anglers are reminded the Wilson River is closed to salmon fishing Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, upstream of Jordan Creek (River Mile 21.9).

YAQUINA RIVER: Chinook, trout

Chinook is open but fishing has been slow. Fish are spread throughout the bay and river to the deadlines on the Yaquina and Big Elk. Anglers are reminded that there is no wild coho salmon retention in 2017.

Trout season closed Oct. 31.

Anglers are reminded the two-rod validation is only valid while fishing in standing water bodies excluding coastal lakes with wild coho seasons. Two rods are prohibited on all coastal rivers, tidewater, estuaries and bays.

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