Regulation Updates as of June 21, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.
NEHALEM RIVER BASIN
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
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All of the North Coast lakes have been stocked with most receiving multiple stockings through May. Check the stocking schedule links below for details. Conditions for trout are pretty good, and these fish should be hungry, so go catch them!
Warmwater fisheries have started picking up this month as water temperatures have come up just a little, and we have received reports of some nice bass being caught. Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, Town Lake, and Vernonia pond all have bass and other warmwater species available.
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.
Check the 2019 trout stocking schedules for these north coast lakes: CAPE MEARES 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
Stocking of the mid-coast lakes began the first week of February and will continue into June. Check the stocking schedule online for dates and locations of stockings. These early stockings include: Alder and Dune Lake, Cleawox, Lost Lake, Munsel Lake, Thissel Pond, Mercer Lake, Big Creek Reservoirs, Ollala Reservoir and Devils Lake.
Warmwater fisheries are improving in several lakes around the Florence area including: Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer, and Munsel.
Note: Ollala Resevoir 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: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened on May 22, time to hit the river. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.
KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Fishing for cutthroat should be fair to good.
NECANICUM RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Fishing should be fair to good for trout. Water conditions are clear and low, so be stealthy as you approach the water and use light gear.
NEHALEM RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. 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, Chinook, cutthroat trout
Spring Chinook are starting to show up on the Nestucca with a few fish being caught in the bay and the lower Nestucca River, although fishing has slowed the past week. We are expecting a low to moderate run this year. Nestucca bay and the mainstem below the confluence with Three Rivers are still the best bet, although there a probably a few fish starting to move upstream.
ATTENTION ANGLERS: ODFW could use your help! Some of the spring Chinook are marked with a right ventral fin clip in addition to the usual adipose clip. If you catch a Chinook with a right ventral clip (the ventral fins are located low on the fish and just over half way back on the body), and others are marked with either a right or left maxillary clip (the maxillary is the bony structure at the back of the upper jaw). If you see one of these marks please note the date, location, type of mark and report it to the North Coast Watershed District at 503-842-2741 Ext 237. Thank you!
The summer steelhead run is also starting up on the Nestucca, with a few fish being caught, but fishing seems to have slowed a little. From First Bridge to Cloverdale will probably be the best bet for them early season, and the run will improve through June. Fish will be available throughout the summer. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait/beads, casting lures and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a summer steelhead.
The Little Nestucca River also has a small hatchery spring Chinook release, and we should see some of those fish coming back this season.
Three Rivers has slowed for steelhead after an early push a couple weeks ago, and we will probably need some rain to get fish moving again. Not much sign of spring Chinook yet, but they should be starting to move in.
Anglers are reminded that anti-snagging gear restrictions are in effect on Three Rivers from May 1 to July 15. See details on page 18 of the Sport Fishing Regulations.
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Good fishing opportunities are available throughout the Nestucca basin.
SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22, time to hit the river. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.
SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, spring Chinook, cutthroat trout
The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead and summer steelhead fishing has been slow so far this season but should improve towards the end of June and the early part of July. Anglers are catching summer steelhead throughout the system but the best fishing is in the Moonshine and gorge areas. The summer steelhead fishery picks up in May and peaks in June and July.
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. Fishing will improve in May and peaks mid-June through July/August and then continues to produce fish until the heavy rains come in the fall.
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 reopened on the Siletz on May 22, time to hit the river. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.
SILTCOOS & TAHKENITCH LAKES: warmwater species
Warmwater fishing has been improving on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes. The recent warm weather is warming up the water and getting the fish more active. We are now in the post spawn time of year, fish will start to move out the shallows and disperse throughout the lakes into 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: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.
TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook
Spring Chinook fishing has been slow and sporadic the past week, but a few fish are getting caught. The upper bay seems to be fishing better than the lower, but both have slowed recently. Trolling herring or spinners are the preferred techniques. Tides are more conducive to fishing the lower bay right now, but bigger tides kick in this weekend, which should improve prospects in the upper bay.
TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat trout
Fishing for spring Chinook has been slow to fair. Due to a poor run year and concerns about collecting enough brood stock to rear the next generation of hatchery fish, the hatchery hole (200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek) will close early on June 13 and remain closed through July 15, 2019.
ATTENTION ANGLERS: ODFW could use your help! Some of the spring Chinook are marked with a right ventral fin clip in addition to the usual adipose clip. If you catch a Chinook with a right ventral clip (the ventral fins are located low on the fish and just over half way back on the body), and others are marked with either a right or left Maxillary Clip (the maxillary is the bony structure at the back of the upper jaw). If you see one of these marks please note the date, location, type of mark and report it to the North Coast Watershed District at 503-842-2741 Ext 237. Thank you!
A few hatchery summer steelhead have been caught in the Trask as well.
Anglers are reminded that fishing is restricted to fly-fishing or bobber fishing from the marker at Loren’s Drift (RM 9) up to Cedar Creek Boat slide (RM 10.9) from May 1 to July 31. See salmon/steelhead bobber fishing rule on page 18 of the Sport Fish Regulations for more detail.
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Fishing should be fair to good for cutthroat, including in the forks.
WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat trout
The summer steelhead run is starting on the Wilson River and a few fish have been caught. There should be fish starting to disperse throughout the basin. The run will improve through June, and fish will be available throughout the summer. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait/beads, casting lures, and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a summer steelhead.
The river is low and clear, so fishing light tackle and starting early are keys to success in this fishery.
Trout fishing in streams reopened May 22. Fishing should be fair to good throughout the river.
YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened May 22.