Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Select Area Recreational Fisheries

The following regulation is a correction to errors on page 26 (NW Zone) and page 72 (Columbia Zone) of the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations:

The use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon, steelhead, or trout in the Youngs Bay Select Area from the Highway 101 Bridge upstream to markers at confluence of Youngs and Klaskanine rivers, including lower Lewis and Clark River upstream to Alternate Highway 101 Bridge and lower Walluski River upstream to Highway 202 Bridge; and in the Knappa/Blind Slough Select Area from markers at the west end of Minaker Island upstream to markers at the mouth of Blind Slough and continuing up Blind Slough/Gnat Creek to the Aldrich Point Road Bridge.

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Regulation Updates as of July 17, 2018

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

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

 

NESTUCCA BASIN AND BAY: includes Little Nestucca River and Three Rivers

  • Beginning May 1 through July 31, the use of two fishing rods is allowed while fishing for both hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2-Rod validation is required. 
  • Only a single rod can be used when angling for any other game and non-game fish species.
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.

TILLAMOOK BAY: includes Tillamook Bay, Kilchis, Miami, Tillamook, Trask, and Wilson rivers

  • Beginning May 1 through July 31, the use of two fishing rods is allowed while fishing for both hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2-Rod validation is required. 
  • Only a single rod can be used when angling for any other game and non-game fish species.
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.

TRASK RIVER:

  • Closed 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery June 18 - Oct. 15, 2018

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741
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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Anglers are catching summer steelhead in the Nestucca, Wilson and Siletz rivers. With low, clear water conditions, target these fish early or late in the day.
  • Sea-run cutthroats are beginning to show in tidal areas and will be moving upriver in the next few weeks.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

Fishing during blue-green algae blooms

Oregon sees an increase in algae blooms in lakes, rivers and reservoirs during the summer. Not all algae blooms are harmful, but blooms caused by cyanobateria (blue-green algae) can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The Oregon Health Authority issues Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories and offers these guidelines for fishing during an algae bloom.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Most district lakes have been stocked with hatchery trout this spring. Trout fishing may slow a little as summer stretches on and water temperatures warm a bit, making trout more lethargic. However, there are still plenty of trout available, and we are still getting good reports of trout being caught all over the district. As the summer goes on fishing morning and evening, and avoiding the heat of the day, will provide the best results.

In contrast, fishing for warmwater species such as bass and other pan fish should improve through the summer as water temperatures warm and these fish get more active. There are bass and other pan fish being caught in the area! Cape Mears Lake, Lake Lytle, Town Lake, Sunset Lake, Vernonia Pond, Coffenbury Lake, and Cullaby Lake all have warmwater species available.

The new fishing dock at Cape Meares Lake was recently completed and is open to public use.

Check the 2018 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

Mid coast lakes stocking schedule for this year is posted online. Stocking of mid coast lakes began in February. Siltcoos Lagoon will not be stocked this year due to continued low dissolved oxygen. Trout scheduled to be released in Siltcoos Lagoon will be diverted to Cleawox Lake.  In addition, fishing for warmwater species such as bass and other panfish should improve through June as water temperatures warm and these fish get more active.  Ollala Reservoir, Mercer Lake, Siltcoos Lake and Tahkenitch Lake have warm water species available. 

Check the 2018 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 and river open on May 22. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures, May 22- Aug 31.

KILCHIS RIVER: trout

Sea-run cutthroat should be available in tidewater areas, and will begin to move upstream over the next few weeks. The river is restricted to artificial lures and flies above tidewater until Aug. 31, so check the regulations before you go.

The Kilchis can get a few stray spring Chinook or summer steelhead, but both will be in very low numbers.

NEHALEM RIVER:  trout

Chinook salmon begin entering the bay in low numbers this time of year. Trolling herring or spinners in the lower bay is generally the most productive. A modest run of Chinook is expected this year, so expect fishing to be slow, especially early in the season.

Sea run cutthroat are starting to enter tidewater areas. Fish will begin moving upriver over the next few weeks, but for now will be most abundant in tidal areas. Casting spinners or streamer flies are good techniques. Most of the rivers are restricted to artificial lures and flies above tidewater until Aug. 31, so check the regulations before you go.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS:  steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

The Nestucca and Three Rivers have Spring Chinook available, but fishing has been slow. The lower river, below Farmer Creek, usually produces the best. Bobber and eggs or sand shrimp, drift fishing, back bouncing, and divers and bait are all good techniques. These fish can be finicky, but are worth the effort!

Hatchery summer steelhead fishing has picked up lately and there are some fish getting caught. Low clear water can make fishing for summer steelhead challenging, but there can be some good action at first and last light, or on those drizzly overcast days. Concentrate on deep pools and riffles with some chop and cover to them. Drift fishing (yarn and sand shrimp seem to be working well lately), spinners, and flies are good choices to target these fish.

Anglers are reminded that Three Rivers closed to all fishing below the hatchery weir July 16.

There are cutthroat trout throughout the river, with fresh sea-run cutthroat beginning to show in tidal areas, and these aggressive fish can be fun to catch. Anglers are reminded that the upper Nestucca upstream from Moon Creek at Blaine is restricted to artificial lures and flies.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing in streams and river open on May 22. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures, May 22- Aug 31.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead are in the river. Fishing is fair to good in the gorge. Early mornings or late evenings provide the best opportunity to catch these fish. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

Spring Chinook are available in the Siletz. Be aware of the regulations for the Siletz, 1 wild Chinook per day and two for the season from April 1 – July 31.

Trout fishing in streams and river open on May 22. 

*Note: The 3.5 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: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing in streams and river open on May 22. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures, May 22- Aug 31.

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing continues to be slow. Popular techniques include trolling herring or spinners, bobber fishing bait, and fishing plugs.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing has been slow and all indications are that it is a low run year.

Due to the poor run, combined with low flows and potentially elevated water temperatures the Trask Hatchery Hole (200 feet above and 900 feet below the confluence with Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery) is closed to all fishing, effective June 18 – October 15. 

There are a few summer steelhead showing up on the Trask as well.

As of May 1, a gear restriction will be in place: from the marker at Loren’s Drift upstream to the Cedar Creek Boat slide (River Mile 10.9) fishing is restricted to fly-fishing or bobber fishing until July 31. See the Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule on page 18 of the regulations for details.

There are some nice cutthroat around, with sea-run cutthroat entering tidal and lower river areas over the next few weeks. These aggressive fish can be fun to catch. Try casting spinners or flies to areas with depth or cover when targeting these fish. Use of bait is allowed on the main stem Trask, but the North, South, and East forks are restricted to artificial lures and flies until Aug. 31.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Summer steelhead are present in decent numbers. Low clear water can make fishing for summer steelhead challenging, but there can be some good action at first and last light, or on those drizzly overcast days. Concentrate on deep pools and deeper riffles. Drift fishing, spinners, and flies are good choices. Light line, small presentations, and fishing the riffles and deep pools at first and last light can increase success.

There are still a few spring Chinook available in the Wilson River, although numbers will be very low, especially considering the low runs we are seeing on other basins.   

Cutthroat trout can be found throughout the river, with sea-runs beginning to enter tidal areas.  Fishing should be fair to good, with spinners or flies good bets for success.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing in streams and river open on May 22. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures, May 22- Aug 31.