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Statewide intermittent network connection issues are affecting ODFW’s licensing system for some customers and license sales agents. 

Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

Angling prohibited within a 200 ft radius of all tributary mouths (including 200ft into the tributary) of the mainstem Umpqua River. 

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of August 14, 2019

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

NEHALEM RIVER BASIN

  • Anglers fishing west of the visible tips of the jetty are fishing in ocean waters and must abide by all other ocean salmon regulations including: barbless hooks required, no more than 2 single-point hooks allowed. Salmon harvested in this area would be tagged on the Oregon Combined Angling tag as area code “2” – Coastal Port of Departure - Nehalem Bay (or other applicable ocean port if you did not launch in Nehalem).

Nehalem Bay Special Management Area Map
Nehalem Bay Special Management Area Map
NW Zone Table 1
NW Zone Table 2

There will be no in-river wild coho fisheries in 2019. Any wild coho fisheries in lakes remain unchanged from permanent regulations.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741
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We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).
  • Cutthroat trout – both resident and sea-run – continues to be the best bet for most rivers and streams.
  • In lakes, anglers should be targeting bass and other warmwater fish.
  • Fall Chinook fishing hasn’t really kicked off on the north coast but if you’re jonesing for a chance, there have been a few sporadic bites in Nehalem Bay.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Practice good catch-and-release techniques in late summer conditions

When water conditions are low, clear and warm, like they are now, be sure to practice good catch-and-release techniques when releasing fish.

  • Fish early in the day when water and air temperatures are at their coolest.
  • Land fish quickly. Playing a fish too long reduces its chances to recover.
  • Keep the fish in the water while landing and releasing it.
  • If you can’t remove the hook easily, cut the leader near the hook, which will eventually dissolve.
  • Revive the fish in moving water before releasing it.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Town Lake near Pacific City was stocked with surplus hatchery trout recently, and the fishing has been good. All of the North Coast lakes have been stocked with most receiving multiple stockings through May. As water temperatures warm trout become less active, which can make fishing more challenging. As the summer warms up, early morning and days with cloud cover will be the best times for trout fishing. Also, concentrate on lakes at higher elevations where cooler nights may keep water temperatures down. 

Just the opposite of trout, warmwater species such as bass, bluegill and other panfish will stay active through the summer. The challenge in these fisheries will be dealing with the growing weeds. Try weedless hooks or rigs for the best results. A quick internet search should provide plenty of examples weedless options.

Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, Town Lake, and Vernonia pond all have bass and other warmwater species available. We recently sampled three of our warm water lakes: Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, and Vernonia pond. Cullaby had the most impressive results with fishable populations of largemouth bass (we captured one near 8 pounds!), crappie, pumpkinseed, and bullheads. Yellow perch have largely overtaken Lake Lytle although a fishable population of largemouth bass still exist. Finally, Vernonia pond also had good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill.

The Oregon Department of Forestry will be closing access to Tahoe Lake (Tillamook County) after Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with an active logging operation. 

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreation use health advisory on July 19 for Cullaby Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. See more information about blue-green algae alerts.

What you need to know about fishing during blue-green algae alerts.

Check the 2019 trout stocking schedules for these north coast lakes: CAPE MEARES LAKE | COFFENBURY LAKE | CULLABY LAKE | HEBO LAKE | LAKE LYTLE | LOREN’S POND | LOST LAKE | NEDONNA POND | SMITH LAKE | SPRING LAKE | SOUTH LAKE | TAHOE LAKE | TOWN LAKE | VERNONIA LAKE

MID COAST LAKES

Stocking of the mid-coast lakes ended in June. Check the stocking schedule online for dates and locations of stockings.

Warmwater fisheries is still good in several lakes around the Florence area including: Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer and Munsel.

Note: Ollala Reservoir has been re-opened and stocked. Check the stocking schedule for future stockings.

Check the 2019 trout stocking schedules for these mid coast lakes: ALDER LAKE | BIG CREEK RESERVOIR #1 | BIG CREEK RESERVOIR #2 | BUCK LAKE | CARTER LAKE | CLEAWOX LAKE | DEVIL’S LAKE | DUNE LAKE | ECKMAN LAKE | ELBOW LAKE | ERHART LAKE | GEORGIA LAKE | LOST LAKE (Lane County) | MERCER LAKE | MUNSEL LAKE | NORTH GEORGIA LAKE | OLALLA CREEK RESERVOIR | PERKINS LAKE | SILTCOOS LAGOON | SILTCOOS LAKE | SUTTON LAKE | THISSELL POND | WOAHINK LAKE

ALSEA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing opened in the Alsea River and Bay on Aug. 1. Although it’s a little early, anglers will start to pick up a few fish near the mouth in August and it will get better in late August/early September.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is open. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat trout

Fishing for cutthroat should be fair to good. Remember, no bait is allowed above tidewater through August.

Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see any in the river. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

NECANICUM RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing in streams should be fair to good. Water conditions are clear and low, so be stealthy as you approach the water and use light gear.

Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see any in the River. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

With 2019 Chinook salmon returns forecasted to be below average again, fishery managers have taken action to reduce the daily and seasonal bag limit for wild adult Chinook salmon in the Nehalem River Basin. Effective July 1 - Sept 15, 2019, the bag limit for adult wild Chinook salmon will be 1 per day and 1 for the season. The bag limit for jack Chinook salmon will remain 5 per day.

In addition, a “bubble” area has been established in the ocean off the mouth of Nehalem Bay. Beginning July 1, adult wild Chinook caught in the bubble count towards the daily and seasonal bag limit for the Nehalem River and Bay. All other ocean salmon regulations remain in effect. See myodfw.com for details.

Chinook fishing has picked up slightly with some sporadic good bites in the bay, but overall fishing is still slow.

Cutthroat should be widespread in the basin, with good opportunities throughout while river temperatures are still cool.

NESTUCCA RIVER, LITTLE NESTUCCA RIVER, AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead are available throughout the basin. It appears to be a below average run this year, but there are still some fish around. As the summer goes on the upper river (Moon Creek to Elk Creek) can provide some good opportunity. The river is small and clear this time of year though, so use light gear and your stealthiest tactics.

Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Nestucca basin. This time of year there can be some good opportunity for sea-run cutthroat in the upper tidewater and lower river. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

Spring Chinook season closed on July 31. Fall Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see any in the River. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir is closed to fishing July 16 to Sept. 30.

We recently received notification from the Oregon Department of Transportation that Farmer Creek Wayside and boat ramp will be closed late this summer through fall of 2020 due to construction associated with the Hwy 101 realignment.

SALMON RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing opened on the Salmon River Aug. 1. Fishing is generally slow in August but will improve in late August/early September.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the north coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing is open in rivers and streams. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

SILETZ RIVER: fall Chinook, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing opened on the Siletz River and Bay Aug. 1. Fall Chinook fishing is typically slow in August but will improve in late August/early September.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead. Summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow. Although it has been a slow year so far, anglers are catching summer steelhead everyday primarily in the gorge area and pressure continues to be light.

Anglers are catching summer steelhead throughout the system but the best fishing is in the Moonshine and gorge areas. The summer steelhead fishery peaks in June through July/August and then continues to produce fish until the heavy rains come in the fall.

Summer steelhead in the Siletz River offers a great warm weather steelheading experience. Hatchery fish are released at Twin Bridges and Moonshine Park. Many anglers fish the upper “gorge” area for these hard fighting fish. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait, casting lures, and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a Siletz summer steelhead.

The 4.0 mile bridge (aka Steel Bridge) in the Siletz gorge is open to motorized vehicles, but is only open to public vehicles on the weekend. Anglers can walk/bike in the road during the weekdays. If anglers do walk in they can park at the one mile gate and start from there.

Trout fishing is open. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

SILTCOOS & TAHKENITCH LAKES: warmwater species, cutthroat and rainbow trout

Warmwater fishing has been good on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes as well as many other lakes in the Florence area. Water temperatures are warm and fish can be found throughout the lake in a variety of habitats. Warmwater fishing will continue to be good through the summer and into the fall.

Siltcoos also gets stocked rainbow trout, check the stocking schedule for numbers and dates of stockings.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing opened on the Siuslaw River and Bay on Aug. 1. Fall Chinook fishing is typically slow in August but will improve in late August/early September.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

Lake Creek (a tributary of the Siuslaw River) will be closed for the fall Chinook season to protect the forecasted low number of returning fish.

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, cutthroat trout

Sea-run cutthroat trout will be available in the upper bay throughout the summer. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

Spring Chinook season closed on July 31. Fall Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see many in the bay. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout

Trout fishing should be fair to good for cutthroat, including in the forks. This time of year there can be some good opportunity for sea-run cutthroat in the upper tidewater and lower River. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

Although there are no hatchery releases of summer steelhead in the Trask, it’s not uncommon for some of the Wilson River releases to stray, and there have been a few summers observed in the Trask recently.

Spring Chinook season closed on July 31. Fall Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see any in the river. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

From 200 feet above and 900 feet below Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (Hatchery Hole) is closed until Oct. 16.

The Trask River Hatchery is currently closed to public access due to construction activities. It will reopen as soon as construction is completed.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead are available throughout the system, but reports are that fishing has been slow and it appears to be a below average run. These fish can be challenging to catch, but are great fighters and good table fair for those who are successful. The Wilson offers plenty of bank access, especially on the upper river. The river is low and clear, so fishing light tackle and early starts are keys to success in this fishery. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait/beads, casting lures, and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a summer steelhead.

Trout fishing should be fair to good throughout the river. This time of year there can be some good opportunity for sea-run cutthroat in the upper tidewater and lower River. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

Spring Chinook season closed on July 31. Fall Chinook salmon season legally opened on Aug. 1, but it will be quite some time before we would expect to see any in the river. Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

YACHATS RIVER: fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing opened on the Yachats River Aug. 1.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 2 per year for the Yachats River in aggregate with the other mid-coast basins (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing opened Aug. 1 for the Yaquina River and Bay. Fall Chinook fishing will start to pick up in late August/early September.

Due to low forecasted Fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams opened May 22. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.