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The low water fishing closures on the Chetco, Sixes and Winchuck lifted on Nov. 17.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation Updates as of  October 8, 2020

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

There will be no wild coho fisheries in coastal bays and rivers for 2020. Hatchery coho can be retained during open Chinook fisheries.

2020 Summer/Fall Regulation Changes 

NW Zone Salmon Fisheries
Necanicum River, Nehalem River and Bay (including North Fork Nehalem River),
Tillamook Bay/Rivers, Nestucca River (incl. Little Nestucca River & Three Rivers) and Salmon River
No changes. Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations apply.
Siletz River South to Siuslaw River
Period Date Bag Limits Closure Areas
SILETZ RIVER AND BAY (incl. Drift Creek and Schooner Creek)
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period
in aggregate with all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
YAQUINA RIVER (incl. Big Elk Creek); ALSEA RIVER (incl. Drift Creek)
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period
in aggregate with all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
YACHATS RIVER  
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may be harvested from the Yachats River for the period. Wild Chinook Salmon harvested from the Yachats River count as part of the aggregate adult wild Chinook Salmon limit for the period and all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day. 
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
SIUSLAW RIVER, including North Fork Siuslaw
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may be harvested from the Siuslaw River or the North Fork Siuslaw River for the period.  Wild Chinook harvested from the Siuslaw River count as part of the aggregate adult wild Chinook limit for the period and all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
LAKE CREEK (tributary to the Siuslaw River) 
August 1 through December 31 Closed to salmon angling Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Recreation Report

Big bass
"Big bass" - a nice catch out of Coffinberry Lake. Photo by Mitchell mcQueen

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FISHING UPDATES

The Recreation Report will not be updated the week of Nov. 23, but look for a new update the week of Nov. 30. In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

Table of contents

LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

North Coast lakes are done with trout stocking until next spring, but many lakes have holdover trout from earlier season’s stockings. Warmwater fishing should be over for the year as water temperatures are too cold to keep those species active.

Some mid-coast lakes are stocked with trout in the spring and have some hold over opportunities as well as native cutthroat trout that remains open all year. These lakes include: Big Creek Reservoirs, Mercer, Munsel, Cleawox, and Siltcoos.

Ollala Lake (mid-coast district) is owned and operated by Georgia Pacific in Toledo and will remain closed through the fall due to COVID restrictions and social distancing concerns.

Wild coho fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are open and provide a unique opportunity to catch a coho in a coastal lake.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Town Lake received 61 surplus hatchery summer steelhead two weeks ago, and may get more depending on what shows up at the hatchery the next few weeks. These fish get surprisingly active in the lake and can be a fun and unique experience. Last updated 11/17/20.
  • Anglers should look for holdover trout from this spring’s stocking in places like Big Creek Reservoirs and Mercer, Munsel, Cleawox, and Siltcoos lakes. The cooler fall water temperatures will put these fish on the bite as they try to fatten up for the winter. 10/14/20
  • Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are open for coho fishing. The recent rain and high water should create good conditions for more coho to move into Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes this week. 11/18/20

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Fall Chinook fishing continues on the North Coast. Fishing has been fair this season. Most of the north coast Rivers blew out last weekend. They’re still a little swollen, but should be fishable later this week and into the weekend.

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the mid-coast streams. The higher water last week and dropping river levels created some good conditions and the fishing was good on most streams. This week the river levels are too high to fish and most of the fish have moved up to the spawning grounds as we approach the end of the fall Chinook run. Expect things to be slow after this prolonged high water for fall Chinook fishing.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • There are fall Chinook and opportunity to catch them in most of the north coast rivers. Many rivers blew out last weekend, but should be fishable through the weekend. There are fish throughout the fisheries on all basins at this point. Last updated 11/17/20.

RECENTLY STOCKED

Where’s the stocking schedule?

Our plans to begin posting the trout stocking schedule have been scrambled by the recent wildfires in the state. Several state-owned hatcheries were damaged in the fires, and thousands of fish were lost or released early.

It will take us a while to re-figure the current schedule to reflect these changes.

In the meantime, trout stocking is essentially done for 2020, except for a few locations noted in the Recreation Report.

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish

Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.

Free Fishing Days – Nov. 27-28

#optoutside for Black Friday

The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are Free Fishing Days in Oregon. That means you can fish, crab or clam for free – no license, tag or endorsement required. Some restrictions apply, as in all current closures, bag limits and other regulations still apply.

2020 wildfire effects on fishing: Check before you go

ODFW can’t tell you whether to go fishing or not. We will try to steer you to information about fire closures, access issues and air quality considerations so you can make an informed decision about whether to go.

You’ll now find all wildfire information related to hunting, fishing and recreating, on both public and private land, in one central location on MyODFW.com. This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check again before you go.

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

Cutthroat trout fishing closes in streams beginning Nov. 1.

Special fall Chinook regulations for mid-coast rivers

Beginning Aug.1, special regulations for fall Chinook go into effect on many mid-coast streams, including the Alsea, Siletz, Siulsaw, Yachats and Yaquina.

Ollala Lake (mid-coast district) is owned and operated by Georgia Pacific in Toledo and will remain closed through the fall due to COVID restrictions and social distancing concerns.

Trask River

  • Closed from the marker at the Dam hole (MP 7 on Trask River Rd) up to Blue Ridge Creek Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.

Wilson River

  • The Wilson River is closed to all salmon angling upstream of Jordan Creek. Steelhead fishing remains open, but anglers cannot target salmon.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: fall Chinook

***Reminder*** The deadline for salmon fishing on the Alsea River is River Edge boat ramp located at river mile 28. This is relatively low in the system and is well below Fall Creek and the popular steelhead bank access on the N. Fk. of the Alsea River. Know where you are on the river before you start to fish for fall Chinook.

Fall Chinook fishing is slow on the Alsea with the recent rain and high water. The forecasted rain this week will keep the river high and difficult to fish. Expect the fall Chinook fishing to be slow when the river levels drop next week as the season winds down for the year.

Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Alsea River is 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Winter steelhead fishing will open on the popular N. Fk. Alsea River on December 1st. Time to get the steelhead gear out and prepare for the upcoming steelhead run.

Cutthroat trout fishing closed for the season on Oct. 31. Last updated 11/8/20.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, chum

Fishing for Chinook has been fair. The Kilchis came pretty close to blowing out this weekend, but looked good (although high) today. It should fish throughout the week and into the weekend. There should be Chinook throughout the fishery after this freshet. The Kilchis is known for later run Chinook and should have fish available through the month and even into December.

The catch-and-release chum fishery closed on Nov. 16. Anglers may no longer target Chum salmon. Last updated 11/18/20.

NECANICUM: Chinook, steelhead

The Necanicum got to bank full this past weekend and should be in prime shape for Chinook fishing through the weekend. I would expect a push of fish into the river and throughout the basin on this freshet.

The Necanicum also gets an early run of hatchery steelhead, which should start showing up by the end of the month.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Chinook fishing is fair. The Nehalem blew out last weekend and the mainstem was still off color as of this writing, but it may/should green up by the weekend. There are fish throughout the fishery.

The North Fork Nehalem got its first winter steelhead back to the trap at Nehalem hatchery last week. It is still early, but there should be steelhead showing up by the end of the month.

The North Fork Nehalem has a hatchery coho run, but it’s just about over. Very few hatchery coho remain available. Last updated 11/18/20.

NESTUCCA RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing on the Nestucca has been fair to good this season. The river blew out last weekend, but is dropping into shape and should fish this week (and through the weekend). This freshet should move more fish into the river, and there are fish throughout the system.

Three Rivers should be getting some Chinook following this rain as well, and a few steelhead may start to appear by the end of the month. Last updated 11/17/20.

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:  fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing conditions on the Salmon River are good with the recent rain and high water but most the fish have moved up to the spawning grounds and out of the fishing areas. There are still a few fresh fish around to catch as we approach the end of the fall Chinook season.

Cutthroat trout fishing closed for the season on Oct. 31. Last updated 11/18/20.

NOTE: Reminder, the Salmon River hatchery remains closed to walk in anglers. Anglers can use access points upstream and downstream of the hatchery to access those traditional fishing locations. Last updated 11/4/20.

SILETZ RIVER: fall Chinook, winter steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siletz River. The rain and high water have created difficult conditions to fish for Chinook this week. The forecasted rain will keep the river levels high and unfishable most of the week and into the weekend. Expect the fall Chinook fishing to be slow when the river levels drop into shape as we approach the end of the fall Chinook run for the year.

Due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Siletz River is 1 wild chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Winter steelhead fishing will start to pick up at the end of November and into early December. Time to dust off the winter steelhead gear and get ready for some steelhead fishing.

Cutthroat trout fishing closed for the season on Oct. 31.

The 4.0 mile bridge (aka Steel Bridge) in the Siletz gorge is open to motorized vehicles on the weekends only. Anglers can walk/bike in the road during the weekdays. There is a parking area located at the 1-mile gate where anglers can walk/bike upstream from there. Last updated 11/18/20.

SILTCOOS AND TAHKENITCH LAKES: coho

Coho fishing in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch has picked up with the recent rain and rise in lake levels. Expect fresh coho to be moving into the lake this week with the forecasted rainstorms. Mid to late November is typically the peak for these lake coho fisheries. Last updated 11/18/20.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw with the recent rain and high water. Expect more of the same this week as the fall Chinook run winds down for the season.

Winter steelhead fishing will start to pick up on the Siuslaw at the end of November and beginning of December. Time to get the steelhead gear ready for the season.

NOTE: Reminder, Lake Creek, a tributary of the Siuslaw River, is closed to all salmon angling for the 2020 season due to low forecasted returns in 2020.

Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Siuslaw River is 1 wild Chinook per day and 1 per year for the 2020 season.

Cutthroat trout fishing closed for the season on Oct. 31. Last updated 11/18/20.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing for fall Chinook is slowing down in the bay. Fresh fish are still coming through, so there is opportunity, but with the recent freshets most fish will have moved into the rivers. Pressure has been light. Trolling herring is popular in the lower bay, while the upper bay tends to be more of a spinner fishery. Trolling rotating flashers and spinners has become extremely popular.

Hatchery coho in Tillamook bay is mostly over. There may be a few stragglers around, but just remember that coho must be adipose-fin clipped to be retained. We’ve gotten reports of anglers catching some large wild coho, so be sure of your coho vs Chinook identification. Last updated 11/18/20

TRASK RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Trask has been fair to good this season. The Trask blew out this weekend, but should drop back into shape later this week and fish through the weekend. The freshet will likely move more fish upriver, and there are fish throughout the system..

Coho have been returning to Trask River hatchery, but the run should be about over and any hatchery coho left will likely be dark. Last updated 11/11/20.

For anglers fishing near the hatchery, please be advised that Trask Hatchery is currently CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. There have been compliance issues recently; please DO NOT walk past the hatchery closed signs.

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. Please remember to practice social distancing.

WILSON RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

The Wilson was blown out last weekend, but is greening back up and should fish through the weekend. The freshet most likely moved new fish into the river, and there is opportunity throughout the fishery. Last updated 11/18/20.

Above Jordan Creek, the Wilson River is closed to all salmon angling (including catch and release). Steelhead fishing is open in the upper river, but anglers MAY NOT target salmon.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is all but over on the Yaquina River for the season. The recent rain and high water have moved the remaining portion of the run up into the spawning grounds.

Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced on the Yaquina/Big Elk Rivers. The bag limit for the Yaquina/Big Elk is 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Trout fishing in streams closed for the season on Oct. 31. Last updated 11/18/20.