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Oregon River Fish Reports


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
10-24-2017
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Siletz River Fishing Report

Siletz River - Lincoln City, OR

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 is open until Oct. 31 and there should be some nice cutthroat around. The limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

Trask River Fishing Report

Trask River - Tillamook , OR (Tillamook County)

All of the north coast rivers blew out this past weekend, but are on the drop and should be in shape by the middle of this week. Following this high water event there should be good numbers of fall Chinook available in the river. 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

Nestucca River Fishing Report

Nestucca River - Pacific, OR

All of the north coast rivers blew out this past weekend, but are on the drop and should be in shape by the middle of this week. Following this freshet, fall Chinook fishing will probably drop off in the bay, but good numbers of fish should be available in the river. 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 fish throughout the week. Fall Chinook should be available throughout the system.

Wilson River Fishing Report

Wilson River - Tillamook , OR (Tillamook County)

All of the north coast rivers blew out this past weekend, but are on the drop and should be in shape by the middle of this week. Following this high water event, the Wilson should have good numbers of Fall Chinook available. 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).

Kilchis River Fishing Report

Kilchis River - Idaville, OR (Tillamook County)

All of the north coast rivers blew out this past weekend, but are on the drop and should be in shape by the middle of this week. The Kilchis is usually one of the first rivers to come back in shape, and this high water event should have brought in fall Chinook and chum. Bobber fishing bait, back-bouncing, back-trolling plugs or divers and bait, or casting spinners can all be effective methods for Chinook, in addition Chum will hit jigs and flies if prestented well. Anglers are reminded that the Chum fishery is catch-and-release only.

Nehalem River Fishing Report

Nehalem River - Nehalm, OR

All of the north coast rivers blew out this past weekend. The Nehalem is usually one of the last to clear, and may be blown out for a while. That said the North Fork Nehalem should be coming into shape by mid-week and there should be fall Chinook and hatchery coho available. Bobber fishing or drift fishing bait, throwing spinners, twitching jigs (for coho) 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.

Coos River Fishing Report

Coos River - Coos Bay, OR (Coos County)

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater and may harvest two trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

Many salmon have moved upriver towards the spawning grounds after this past weekend’s rain. Most anglers have put away their salmon fishing gear for the season. Anglers looking to catch one last salmon should concentrate fishing near upper tidewater. Bank anglers are catching Chinook salmon at the mouth of Daniels Creek, Isthmus Slough, and the Coos Bay City Boardwalk. There is not a wild coho season inside Coos Bay this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.

Recreational fishing for bottomfish is closed because the quotas for several species have been reached. This includes the ocean along with bays and estuaries. On Oct. 1, recreational bottomfishing will reopen outside 40 fathoms but for anglers using “longleader” gear only. The daily bag limit for the long-leader fishery has been increased to 10 marine fish but retention of black rockfish, cabezon, lingcod, and other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback rockfishes) are not allowed at any depth for the remainder of the 2017 season. Find more information about a longleader setup here.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

Coquille River Fishing Report

Coquille River - Coquille, OR (Coos County)

Streams and rivers are open to trout fishing until Oct. 31. Anglers are allowed to use bait in streams above tidewater and may harvest 2 trout per day that are a minimum of 8 inches long.

With the rain over the weekend, most Chinook salmon have moved upriver towards their spawning grounds. There is no wild coho season in the Coquille River this year so all wild coho must be released but anglers may keep an adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho.

Crabbing and clamming updates can now be found in the Crabbing and Clamming section of the Recreation Report.

Applegate River Fishing Report

Applegate River - Applegate, OR

Applegate River is currently only open to fishing for hatchery trout, with a 2 per day limit through December 31. River temperatures have dropped to 56 degrees F. Anglers should be aware of spawning Chinook redds and avoid those areas.

Siuslaw River Fishing Report

Siuslaw River - Florence, OR (Lane County)

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.

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.

Salmon River Fishing Report

Salmon River - Otis, OR

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1. Fishing is fair. There should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

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.

Elk River Fishing Report

Elk River - Port Orford, OR (Curry County)

Rain this past weekend opened the river mouth and brought a few Chinook into the river. As flows drop, anglers will see good numbers of Chinook moving into the estuary.

Chetco River Fishing Report

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

Rain this past weekend raised water levels and distributed Chinook throughout the river. This is only the beginning of the fall Chinook run as the peak of the run is usually the middle of November. Anglers will want to check flows and USFS road closures before fishing the river.

Alsea River Fishing Report

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

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 is open and there should be some nice cutthroat trout around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

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.

Yaquina River Fishing Report

Yaquina River - Newport, OR

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.

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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