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Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation updates as of  Sept. 17, 2021 (formatting changes only)

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

NW Zone fall Chinook seasons

With the exception of rule changes shown on this page, permanent rules for daily and seasonal salmon bag limits remain in effect as shown in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations (e-regulations here)

Nehalem River

  • The fishing closure on the Nehalem and all tributaries upstream of  the Miami-Foley Road Bridge has been lifted.
  • Nehalem River and Bay from mouth to the Miami-Foley Road Bridge remains open under normal regulations.

Youngs Bay, Youngs and Klaskanine rivers

Effective August 16 through October 15, retention of all Chinook is prohibited in the following areas:

  • Youngs Bay and Youngs River from the deadline marker at Battle Creek slough in Youngs Bay upstream to Youngs River Falls. 
  • The Klaskanine River from its confluence with Youngs River upstream to the Youngs River Loop Bridge.

2021 wild coho salmon harvest seasons for NW and SW zones

  • Bag limits and seasons for hatchery coho remain unchanged from the 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
  • All areas in the NW and SW zones not referenced below remain CLOSED to the retention of WILD coho (jacks and adults).

Tillamook River Basin

  • Open areas: From the jetty tips upstream to the Highway 101 Bridge on Miami, Kilchis, Wilson and Trask rivers, and upstream to the Burton Bridge on Tillamook River.
  • Season dates: Wednesdays & Saturdays only, Sept. 15-Oct 13.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season in aggregate from Tillamook and Nestucca river basins – not 1 per basin.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day (open days only), no season limit.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Nestucca River Basin

  • Open area: Bay and Nestucca River up to Cloverdale Bridge (River Mile 7.1); Little Nestucca River tidewater upstream to Hwy. 101 bridge.
  • Season dates: Wednesdays & Saturdays only, Sept. 15-Oct. 13.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season in aggregate from Tillamook and Nestucca river basins – not 1 per basin.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day (open days only), no season limit.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Siletz River Basin

  • Open area: For Sept 15 - Oct 6 upstream to an ODFW marker sign approximately 1,200 feet upstream of Ojalla Bridge (River Mile 31).
    • From Oct. 7 - Oct. 15 upstream to Illahee Boat Ramp.
  • Season dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 in total for the season.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day, (open days only), no season limits.
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Coos River Basin

  • Open area: from the tips of the jetties upstream to the head of tide at Dellwood (RM 10) on the South Coos River and on the mainstem Millicoma River upstream to the confluence of the East Fork and the West Fork Millicoma.
  • Season dates: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.
  • Limits: Wild adult coho: 1 per day, 2 in total for the season.
    • Wild jack coho: 1/day, (open days only), no season limit
    • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes

  • Open for wild coho under permanent rules, see 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for seasons and bag limits.
  • No more than 5 wild adult coho salmon may be harvested per year in the NW and SW Zone areas with open wild coho salmon fisheries.  All 5 may be harvested from Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, and/or Tenmile Lakes, or as part of the aggregate with other open wild coho salmon fisheries in the NW and SW Zone areas (pages 27 and 35 in 2021 Oregon Sport Fishing 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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Steelhead on the Wilson River
"Pure excitement" Steelhead on the Wilson River -Photo by Trevor Walden-

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LAKE, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Trout fishing in the North Coast lakes should start to pick back up slightly. Stocking was completed in the spring and will resume in September (the week of the 13th). Water temperatures have cooled again this week which may increase activity levels for holdover trout from the spring and summer stockings.

We’re stocking Town, Cape Meares, Coffenbury, Lost, and Sunset lakes with trophy trout this week. Fishing should be good. Last updated 9/15/21.

Fishing for warmwater species is slowing down as water temparatures cool off. Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, Spring Lake, Town Lake, and Vernonia Pond all have warmwater species.  Last updated 9/15/21.

Mid-coast lakes are slowing down for trout as there have not been any stockings since June but there are still some trout around in the lakes that were stocked and often times the fishing picks up as the water temperatures cool down in the fall.  Here is a list of the lakes that were stocked this spring and have potential for trout fishing this fall: Thissel Pond, Cleawox, Munsel, Mercer, Sutton, Alder, Dune, Buck, Lost, Carter, Devils, Woahink, Elbow, Siltcoos, Eckman, and Big Creek Reservoirs #1 and #2. Some of the larger lakes like Mercer, Munsel, Siltcoos and Sutton fish better for trout in the summer/early fall months and have good warmwater species as well.

Warmwater fisheries in the mid-coast are still fishing well but will start to slow down as the water temperatures cool down in the fall months. The Florence area has a number of great warmwater lake opportunities for bass and other warmwater species like yellow perch. Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer, Woahink and Munsel all provide good warmwater fishing into the fall.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

There are sea-run cutthroat trout available in decent numbers with the majority of fish having moved into the rivers. Water temperatures have cooled slightly this week and rain is forecasted for the end of the week, which may get these fish more active. The upper Nestucca, Wilson, and Trask (including the North and South Fork), would be good bets this week. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.

Chinook fishing in Nehalem Bay continues to be fair to good the past week. Several Chinook and hatchery coho were checked in over the weekend. Fish are spread out through the bay and tidewater. The closure above the Miami-Foley Rd bridge has been lifted and permanent rules are now in effect. Salmon fishing is closed above the Foss Rd (CC) bridge and the upper Nehalem above Hwy 26 is closed to all fishing from Sept-Nov. Last updated 9/15/21.

Chinook and hatchery coho fishing picked up in Tillamook Bay this week, although overall fishing is still a little slow, with sporadic good bites. There are fish throughout the bay, and fishing should continue to improve as the month goes on. Last updated 9/9/21.

Nestucca Bay is getting some Chinook as well, the fishing is slow overall but there have been sporadic good bites and some fish getting caught. Last updated 9/9/21.

Mid-coast bays are producing some nice fall Chinook. Early reports were good and things have slowed down on a few systems, but overall fish are being caught every day in all of the mid-coast bays and estuaries including the Siuslaw, Alsea, Siletz, and Yaquina. The numbers of fish in the bays and estuaries will continue to increase through the month of September as more fish will be staging waiting for some rain.

The Siletz River summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow. Low warm water combined with low returns are making things tough, especially for the summer steelhead fishing. Fishing pressure continues to be very light and there will be opportunities to catch a summer steelhead through the summer and into the fall months.

Cutthroat trout fishing in streams improves this time of year with cooling water temperatures and an increase in the number of sea-run cutthroat. The mid-coast offers endless places to fish for cutthroat and all of the rivers and creeks have good populations. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions when targeting cutthroat trout.

RECENTLY STOCKED

Schedule to be stocked this week: Cape Meares Lake, Sunset Lake, Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake and Lost Lake.

Check out the complete 2021 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.

Wild coho fisheries open Sept. 15 in Tillamook and Nestucca bays. Open two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday) until Oct. 13. One adult wild coho may be retained for the season in total.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: Fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be steady on the Alsea. The bite can be day-to-day but anglers are catching fish every day and the numbers will continue to increase as we get further into September. A significant rainstorm is forecasted Friday/Saturday/Sunday this week and should get things stirred up in the estuaries and lower portions of the river.

There is no wild Coho retention on the Alsea for the 2021 season.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

A few salmon may be available in the tidewater sections of the stream, this will be especially true after this week’s rains.

Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River. Conditions should improve with the coming rain but the water is still very low and clear. Last updated 9/15/21.

MIAMI RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat trout fishing in the Miami should be fair to good, especially after rains improve fishing conditions. Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

Chinook fishing continues to be fair to good throughout the bay. Hot bites this week were sporadic and mostly upstream of the Hwy 101 bridge and in the Wheeler area. Hatchery coho catches continue to improve as well with fair numbers of fish showing throughout the bay. The wild Chinook bag limit expands to 2 per day on Sept. 16 (north coast aggregate bag limit for wild Chinook still applies). Last updated 9/15/21.

NESTUCCA RIVER, THREE RIVERS, AND LITTLE NESTUCCA RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 – open Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Open dates will be Sept. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29, and October 2, 6, 9, 13. Daily bag limit will be one wild adult coho as part of the 2 adult salmon/steelhead daily bag limit. No more than 1 wild adult coho per season in aggregate with Tillamook Bay. See the regulation update section above for details on open areas and aggregate bag limits for the NW and SW zones.

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir (Cedar Creek Hatchery) is closed to all fishing July 16 to Sept. 30. 9/15/21.

The Nestucca has a hatchery summer steelhead run, but the fishing has been slow. Recent resting pool counts on the Nestucca did not observe very many fish, and it appears to be a very low run this year. Last updated 8/25/21.

Fall Chinook opened Aug. 1, and there are fish being caught in the estuary, but with the low water the fish will mostly be stacking up in the bay with very low numbers above tide water. Last updated 9/9/21.

Resting pool surveys observed fair numbers of sea-run cutthroat trout in the Nestucca, Fishing is generally fair to good. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21. 

SALMON RIVER:  fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing is picking up on the Salmon River as we get further into September. The forecasted rainstorm for this weekend should stir things up on the Salmon River and get fish moving upstream headed for the hatchery.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.

SILTCOOS AND TAHKENITCH LAKES (and other warmwater lakes in Florence area):

Warmwater fisheries in the Florence area continue to be good and will fish well into the fall months before the water temperatures cool and slow fishing down. All of these lakes have great opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch and other warmwater species. Siltcoos, Mercer, Sutton and Munsel also receive trout stockings and provide opportunity to fish for both. Last updated 8/25/21.

SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with a limit of 1 wild coho per day and 1 wild Coho for the season. It’s a “one and done” season bag limit. See the regulation update section above for more information about open areas and aggregate limits for the NW and SW zones.

Summer steelhead continues to be slow on the Siletz and the numbers of fish returning this year is low. Low water and warm temperatures are making things tough for steelhead fishing but there are a few fish around to be caught. Fishing pressure continues to be very light.

Fall Chinook continues to be steady on the Siletz with some days better than others, but fish are being caught every day. Fish are now starting to spread out in the system from the mouth to the upper portions of the estuary. The forecasted rainstorm this weekend will stir things up and have fish on the move.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be good on the Siuslaw. The numbers of fish in the system will continue to increase as we get further into September as the fish are staging waiting for some rain. The forecasted rainstorm this weekend will likely stir things up and have the fish on the move.

There is no wild coho retention on the Siuslaw for the 2021 season.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 8/25/21.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho, sea-run cutthroat trout

Tillamook Bay will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 – open Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Open dates will be Sept. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29, and October 2, 6, 9, 13. Daily bag limit will be one wild adult coho as part of the 2 adult salmon/steelhead daily bag limit. No more than 1 wild adult coho per season in aggregate with the Nestucca Basin. See the regulation update section above for details on open areas and aggregate limits for the NW and SW zones.

Chinook salmon and hatchery coho are both showing up in Tillamook Bay with fish being caught. Overall fishing is fair, but improving throughout the bay. Last updated 9/19/21.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The Trask River from 200 ft above and 900 ft below Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (this includes the “hatchery hole”) is closed to fishing July 16 to Oct. 15.

The Dam Hole (Mile Post 7 on Trask River Road up to Blue Ridge Creek) will close to all fishing Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

Anglers will find sea-run cutthroat trout throughout the Trask, and in both the North and South Forks. Resting pool surveys observed decent numbers throughout the river basin. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions.

Fall Chinook opened in the Trask on Aug. 1, but the vast majority of the fish are still in the Bay and tidewater and most likely will be until the Fall rains come.

The Trask River is also open to hatchery coho and does get a hatchery run. A few fish have moved up the river, and good numbers are expected to move with the coming storm dropping enough rain to raise the river level. Look for fish to be spread out and moving up to the hatchery. Spinners, jigs or bait fished in the deeper holes and slots should be productive as the fish are more aggressive when migrating. Last updated 9/15/21.

WILSON RIVER: summer steelhead, cutthroat trout, Chinook

Summer steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been slow this year, but there are some fish available, particularly in the upper river. Normally September can be a good month to target these fish as water temperatures start to drop, swimming pressure lets up, and fish that have been holding get more active. But with the low numbers it’s probably still going to be tough fishing. For those still wanting to target these fish; covering lots of water will probably be the key to success. Rain will get these fish more active too. Last updated 9/15/21.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open in the Wilson River as well. Good numbers of fish are available throughout the river. Last updated 9/15/21.

Fall Chinook opened in the Wilson on Aug. 1, but the fishing is slow and there probably won’t be much happening above tidewater until we get some rain later in the fall.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Yaquina. More fish are entering the estuary each day and will continue to increase through the month of September. The forecasted rainstorm will stir things up and have fish on the move.

There is no wild coho retention on the Yaquina for the 2021 season.

Trout fishing in streams on the Yaquina/Big Elk remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/15/21.