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Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Effective through March 31, 2020, all steelhead fishing is closed from McNary Dam to the OR/WA border.

Effective through April 30, 2020, the daily bag limit is one hatchery steelhead.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day through April 30, 2020.

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  January 16, 2020

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741

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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • This will be a good weekend for steelhead fishing on the north and mid coasts. Recent rains have brought more fish into the rivers. While several rivers are still running high, they are on the drop and should be fishable later this week and into the weekend.
  • Vernonia Lake, Lost Lake and Coffenbury lake each received 50 surplus winter steelhead recently.

2020 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

Vernonia Lake, Lost Lake and Coffenbury Lake each received 50 surplus winter steelhead recently. These fish can be a fun and unique experience for lake fishing.

Town Lake has received a couple small stockings of surplus summer steelhead. This a unique fishing opportunity, these fish can get fairly active in the lake and will hit lures or flies aggressively.

Check the 2020 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 will start up again the first week of February. Check the stocking schedule online for dates and locations. Lakes that are scheduled to be stocked in February include: Alder, Dune, Carter, Lost, Elbow, Cleawox, Munsel, Siltcoos, Thissel Pond, Big Creek Reservoirs, Olalla Reservoir, and Devils Lake.

Warmwater fisheries are slowing down for the year as water temperatures cool down.

Check the 2020 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: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has improved on the popular North Fork Alsea bank fishery. High water has fish on the move and the bank anglers have been doing well around the hatchery. The drift boat portions of the river have been blown out but should drop back into shape later this week and into the weekend and provide good opportunity. 

The Alsea River receives two different stocks of hatchery steelhead, one “traditional” stock that is an early returner and peaks in December/January and a later returning wild broodstock that peaks January-March. These two stocks combine to provide winter steelhead fishing opportunities from late November through March. 

Trout fishing in streams will reopen on May 22, 2020.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

Another week started with blow out conditions on most North Coast Rivers, but the rivers have peaked now and are on the drop. The Kilchis will green up quickly and should be fishable by tomorrow and through the end of the week. There is a little rise predicted for Saturday, but my best guess is that the Kilchis will still fish through the weekend. We have seen some wild steelhead caught on North Coast, so there should be steelhead in the Kilchis.

There is a boating hazard in the form of a large tree between the county park and Mapes Creek boat ramp (the upper float), but it appears to be passable on River right.

The Kilchis is a mostly wild fish river for steelhead, and as is at its best mid-January through early April. The Kilchis is a small river and as such can get low and clear, but it is also one of the first basins to come back in shape after a storm, and is often fishable when other North coast basins are still blown out.

There is plenty of public access on the Kilchis River available from state forest lands, in addition to drift boat access.

Catching and releasing a big wild winter steelhead is one of the best experiences I know of, but anglers are encouraged to treat these fish with care. The best practices for a good release are to not over fight the fish, and release them as quickly as possible without taking them out of the water.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NECANICUM RIVER: steelhead

The Necanicum is high but fishable and should stay that way through the week. We are seeing some movement of hatchery fish in the system so fishing should be fair, unless cold water temperatures make the fish too lethargic to bite. In cold water conditions inciting a territorial bite by fishing hardware (spoons or spinners) can be effective. Large bright presentations are also a good bet as long as the water doesn’t get too clear. 

The Necanicum is a small, creek-like basin with good bank access along Hwy 26 and some float opportunity on the lower river. The Necanicum gets a run of early returning hatchery steelhead that peaks in late December and January, and has catch-and-release opportunities for wild steelhead through the end of March.

There is a boating hazard not far upstream of the Hwy 101 take out, in the form of a large log jam, but it is passable on River Right.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

For the third week in a row the Nehalem is blown out, and doesn’t look like it will be in good fishing condition this week.

When fishing high or colored up water, large presentations and bright colors are key. This is also a good time to break out the bait or scents for added attraction. In addition fishing techniques that keep the presentation near the bottom (drift fishing, bobber doggin’, side drifting) are a good bet. 

The main stem Nehalem is a mostly wild fish river for steelhead, and as peaks January through early April. This is a large basin and as such can blow out easily and stay muddy for long periods. The plus side of is that it often fishes well when other North Coast Rivers are low and clear. There is primitive boat access, and plenty of bank access available from state forest lands.

Catching and releasing a big wild winter steelhead is one of the best experiences I know of, but anglers are encouraged to treat these fish with care. The best practices for a good release are to not over fight the fish, and release them as quickly as possible without taking them out of the water.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER steelhead

The North Fork is high but fishable, and still dropping. Return numbers are down a little this year, but the hatchery is still getting fish, 40 of which were recycled. Steelhead are being caught daily when conditions are good.

When fishing high or colored up water, large presentations and bright colors are key. This is also a good time to break out the bait or scents for added attraction. In addition fishing techniques that keep the presentation near the bottom (drift fishing, bobber doggin’, side drifting) are a good bet. 

The North Fork Nehalem is a relatively small basin, and gets one of our best early returning hatchery steelhead runs. Like most small basins fishing is best as the river drops after rain events. The hatchery run peaks late December through January on this basin, with catch and release opportunities for wild fish continuing through the end of March.

There is bank access available below the Nehalem hatchery. A raft/drift boat float is available, but is highly technical and is recommended for expert boaters only.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

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

The Nestucca is still blown out as of this writing, but is on the drop. It should be high but fishable on Friday, before going back up a little on Saturday, and then hopefully will drop into decent condition early next week. Whenever conditions are good; there should be steelhead available throughout the system.

When fishing high or colored up water, large presentations and bright colors are key. This is also a good time to break out the bait or scents for added attraction. In addition fishing techniques that keep the presentation near the bottom (drift fishing, bobber doggin’, side drifting) are a good bet. 

Three Rivers has been fair for steelhead and Cedar Creek hatchery got some fish back to the trap. It should fish late this week, and possibly this weekend.

The Nestucca is one of the more popular steelhead rivers on the North coast, mostly due to a large hatchery steelhead release and the wild broodstock program. The Nestucca has two strains of hatchery steelhead, one early returning component that peaks in late December and January (best fishing for this run is in the lower river and in Three Rivers), and our broodstock hatchery run which is good January through mid-April. These fish are known to be large and aggressive, and are good fighters as well as excellent table fair.

There is good drift boat access to the mid and lower river, and public land bank access on the upper river.

There is a boating hazard in the form of a downed tree just below the camp 101 hole, but it is passable on River Right.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation 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: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is open on the Salmon River. The majority of the winter steelhead on the Salmon River are wild and the run usually peaks around mid-December through February.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has been slow so far on the Siletz due to high water and not many fishable days. The river is dropping into shape this week and will fish well for the weekend and most of next week. When the river drops into shape expect more fish to be around and fish to be spread throughout the system from tidewater up to the gorge. The best fishing will be on the upper portions of the river and into the gorge due to the high water.

Both boat and bank anglers will have good opportunities when the river drops back into shape this weekend and into next week. Winter steelhead typically start to show up in December and peak January through March.

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.

SIUSLAW RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing on the Siuslaw has been slow so far due to the high water and blown out conditions for the past few weeks. The river is dropping into shape this weekend and should fish well through next week as we get a break in the rain. Expect more fish to be around the Whitaker Creek area when the river is fishable again.

Lake Creek opened for winter steelhead fishing on Dec. 1. Steelhead fishing has been slow but should pick up as the creek drops into shape this week and into the weekend.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

The Trask is high and muddy at the time of this writing (again), but is dropping fast. Predictions look like it should be high but fishable Thursday through Saturday morning before going back up Saturday afternoon. Then it may fish again early next week. The North and South forks might fish well this weekend.

We’ve been seeing some wild fish show up on the rivers, and with these last couple high water events there should be steelhead throughout the system.

When fishing high or colored up water, large presentations and bright colors are key. This is also a good time to break out the bait or scents for added attraction. In addition fishing techniques that keep the presentation near the bottom (drift fishing, bobber doggin’, side drifting) are a good bet. 

The Trask is a mostly wild fish river, and as such peaks January through mid-April. Bank and boat access are both available on the Trask, though interspersed with private land. In addition, there is good bank access on both the North and South forks (check regulations for deadlines on the forks).

Catching and releasing a big wild winter steelhead is one of the best experiences I know of, but anglers are encouraged to treat these fish with care. The best practices for a good release are to not over fight the fish, and release them as quickly as possible without taking them out of the water.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

For anglers planning to fish the Trask River at the popular “hatchery hole,” be advised the hatchery grounds are currently closed to the public.

The hatchery grounds closure does not affect fishing on the river itself, only access through the hatchery grounds. During the hatchery grounds closure, all vehicle and angler access is prohibited until further notice to ensure public safety while the construction is in progress.

Parking is available to anglers on Chance Rd. near the entrance to the hatchery, and anglers can continue to access the river on the trail from the parking area but from there must remain on the riverbank without accessing the main hatchery grounds.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

The Wilson has been blown out, but is dropping fast and should be in good shape Thursday and Friday. There is another little rise predicted for Saturday afternoon, but I think it will still fish (no guarantee), and then should be good again early next week. There should be steelhead throughout the system.

The Wilson is one of the more popular steelhead rivers on the North coast, mostly due to a large hatchery steelhead release and the wild broodstock program. The Wilson broodstock hatchery fish are available late December through mid-April. These fish are known to be large, aggressive fighters as well as excellent table fair.

There is good drift boat access to the mid and lower river, and public land bank access on the upper river available off of Hwy 6.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead is open on the Yaquina and Big Elk systems for the season. January through March is the typical peak for winter steelhead in the Yaquina/Big Elk.