All  ODFW offices remain closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation updates as of Jan. 6, 2022.

There are no in-season regulation updates at this time.

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 (north of the Salmon River).
  • Newport District Office 541-867-4741 (Salmon River south to Umpqua Basin).
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"While in search of chinook this bright coho decided to play!" -Photo by Kevin Foster-

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BEST BETS FOR WEEKEND FISHING

  • Winter steelhead are in on all of the North Coast Rivers and fishing is fair to good. Best opportunities for hatchery fish are on the North Fork Nehalem, Necanicum River, Lower Columbia Tributaries (Klaskanine River, Big Creek, and Gnat Creek), Wilson River, and the Nestucca River. Steelhead are dispersed throughout the fisheries and more fish are still coming in. Conditions are looking good for the coming week.
  • Coffenbury Lake and Vernonia Pond both have surplus hatchery winter steelhead available. These fish will bite in the lakes and catching a winter steelhead in stillwater can be a fun and unique experience.
  • Alsea River is the best place to target December/January steelhead on the mid-coast and the fishing has been good so far this year. Both bank and drift boat anglers are doing well throughout the system and catching some nice steelhead. The NF Alsea provides good bank access and good opportunities to catch a hatchery fish.
  • The Siuslaw River has also been producing some nice steelhead and is another good place to target winter steelhead on the mid-coast. The Siuslaw River near Whitaker Creek is the best place to target the returning hatchery fish. Whitaker Creek is closed to fishing during the winter steelhead season.

RECENTLY STOCKED

Stocking will resume in February.

Check out the complete 2022 trout stocking schedule.

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.

fallen trees are creating a boating hazard on the Necanicum River
Boaters on the Necanicum should be alert to hazards.

Attention Necanicum anglers

There is an impassable boating hazard on the Necanicum River between Klootchie county park and the Hwy 101 boat ramps. (Exact location 45.96553, -123.92740). Boaters should avoid this obstruction for the time being.

If your favorite fishing spot isn't listed

It’s probably because that river, lake or reservoir is closed for the season, inaccessible due to snow and bad roads, or offers limited fishing opportunities during the winter months. These waterbodies will re-appear in the Recreation Report when they re-open next spring, or when access and/or opportunity improves.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down with the low and clear water conditions but there are still plenty of fish around. The low water is making things tougher along the NF Alsea but the conditions in the mainstem remain good for the drift boaters. Trap counts at Alsea hatchery remain high and should increase with the next rain event. The best bank fishing is on the popular NF Alsea section is between the town of Alsea and the hatchery.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2022. Last updated 1/19/22.

Winter steelhead fishing in the mid-coast districtcheck out this video.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

The Kilchis is a mostly wild steelhead river with no hatchery releases, but there is plenty of catch-and-release opportunity and the occasional stray hatchery fish shows up. The Kilchis will be a little on the low and clear side this weekend, but is still fishable, and there are some wild steelhead around (catch-and-release only). When fishing low and clear water using smaller, subtle presentations and stealthy tactics will improve the chances of success. Last updated 1/19/22.

Winter steelhead fishing in the north coast districtcheck out the video.

LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES (BIG CR, GNAT CR, KLASKANINE R): steelhead

Klaskanine hatchery reported fair to good fishing over the past week. Not every angler is walking away with fish, but there are definitely some getting caught. Gnat Creek hatchery is still seeing some bright steelhead and fishing pressure has been light. Big Creek reported good numbers of fresh bright hatchery fish coming back, and fair to good fishing. In summary, there are still plenty of hatchery fish around and opportunity to catch them. These basins might get a little on the low side over the next week but should remain fishable. Last updated 1/19/22.

NECANICUM RIVER: steelhead

Attention Boaters:  There is an impassable boating hazard on the Necanicum River between Klootchie county park and the Hwy 101 boat ramps. (Exact location 45.96553, -123.92740). Boaters should avoid this obstruction for the time being.

There are hatchery winter steelhead throughout the Necanicum River fishery, and fresh fish still coming in. The Necanicum will be getting a little low by the weekend but will still be fishable. When fishing low and clear water using smaller, subtle presentations and stealthy tactics will improve the chances of success. Last updated 1/19/22.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

The Nehalem mainstem is a mostly wild steelhead river without any hatchery releases, but there is plenty of catch-and-release opportunity for wild steelhead. The lower reach, from Foss down, is still high and off color. The reaches above that should be fishable this week, however, if still a little on the high side. Large bright presentations fished in the softer water and tail outs should be effective in these conditions. Last updated 1/19/22.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Fishing remains good on the North Fork Nehalem, with many morning limits reported around the hatchery. There are hatchery steelhead throughout the fishery (including above the hatchery) and fresh fish still coming in. Conditions may get a little on the low side by the weekend but should be fishable all week. Last updated 1/19/22.

This winter we are seeing the first returns from the new wild broodstock hatchery winter steelhead program. Anglers are encouraged to report their catch of these fish to the hatchery or Tillamook ODFW office. The fish are marked with and adipose and right ventral fin clip. Last updated 1/4/22.

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

The Nestucca River is in great shape and fishing has been good recently. It should stay in pretty much prime shape through the weekend. There are broodstock hatchery steelhead as well as wild steelhead (catch-and-release only for wilds) throughout the fishery. Last updated 1/19/22.

Three Rivers is in shape and fishable. It may get a little on the low side by the weekend but will still fish and there are hatchery steelhead in the river. Last updated 1/19/22.

The Little Nestucca should have a few wild fish (catch-and-release only) showing up, and it should be in pretty good shape through the weekend. Last updated 1/19/22.

SALMON RIVER:  winter steelhead

Winter steelhead will start to show up in December on the Salmon River and peak from January through March.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2022. Last updated 12/8/21.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has slowed down a bit on the Siletz with the lack of rain and low/clear conditions. There are still fish around and the drift boats are catching fish everyday throughout the system. Things should improve with the next shot of rain.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2022. Last updated 1/19/22.

Floating the Siletzcheck out this video.

SIUSLAW RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead has slowed down on the Siuslaw but anglers are catching fish everyday and there are still fish around to be caught. Most of the hatchery fish in the basin are headed to Whitaker Creek and the area where Whitaker Creek joins the Siuslaw provides the best opportunity to catch a hatchery winter steelhead. Anglers are reminded that Whitaker Creek is closed during the steelhead season and to target these fish near the confluence of the Siuslaw River. There is also a small hatchery release in Lake Creek (located at Green Creek) that provides opportunity to catch winter steelhead from December - March.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2022. Last updated 1/19/22.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

The Nestucca River is in great shape and fishing has been good recently. It should stay in pretty much prime shape through the weekend. There are broodstock hatchery steelhead as well as wild steelhead (catch-and-release only for wilds) throughout the fishery. Last updated 1/19/22.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

The Wilson was in prime shape last weekend and fishing was fair to good. It should remain in decent shape through the weekend and be fishable throughout the week. There are broodstock hatchery steelhead and wild fish (catch-and-release only for wilds) throughout the fishery and fresh fish coming in. Last updated 1/19/22.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead will start to show up in the Yaquina basin in December and peak from January through March.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2022. Last updated 11/24/21.