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Effective 9/19 to 12/31, Chinook and coho retention are open from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 bridge.

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.

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation Updates as of  June 11, 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)
May 1 through July 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
   
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.
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.

SILETZ RIVER

  • Effective May 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, no more than 1 wild Chinook may be harvested from the mouth of the Siletz River to Moonshine Park.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Recreation Report

The hatchery fish was caught on the Clackamas.
This hatchery steelhead was caught on the Clackamas right near the hatchery back in July. Photo of and provided by Jon Bowers.

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LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Trout fishing on north coast lakes should start to picking back up as cold nights and rain cool water temperatures and make trout more active. Several north coast lakes will receive stockings of “trophy trout” this week; these are 2 to 4 pound fish which are really fun to fight on light gear.

Warmwater fisheries should be starting to slow on the North coast, but will still be active into October.

Wild Coho fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes will get going soon in October and provide a unique opportunity to catch a Coho in a coastal lake.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Coffenbury, Lost, Sunset, Cape Mears and Town lakes will all receive stockings of “trophy” trout early this week, and these fish should be hungry and active. 9/16/20
  • In Cape Mears Lake, Lake Lytle, Vernonia Pond, Coffenbury Lake and Cullaby lake, warmwater fish are still biting. 9/16/20
  • Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes (Florence area) are still some of the best warmwater fishing opportunities as well as good trout fishing for stocked trout and resident cutthroat on the mid-coast. 20207/15/20

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Fall Chinook fishing is picking up on north coast bays. Nehalem, Tillamook and Nestucca bays are all producing fish on a regular basis, although some days are better than others.

Most of the action is still in tidewater and probably will be until we get some rain. Trolling herring or spinners, casting spinners, or bobber fishing bait are all proven techniques. We’ve even heard of a few caught on flies.

Summer steelhead fishing on the north coast has been slow lately, but with a little rain daily this could be a great week to target these fish on the Wilson and Nestucca. The rain, and change is temperatures this time of year can often make these fish more active, and the other recreational uses of the river are letting up, so fish aren’t as spooked. Although these fish have been in the river for a while, they’re not going to spawn until December and January, so they’re still in good shape.

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up on many of the mid-coast bays and estuaries. Last week the fishing improved on all of the mid-coast rivers and bays including the Siletz, Alsea, and Yaquina.

Summer steelhead fishing on the Siletz continues to be slow with very little pressure.

Cutthroat fishing is open on the mid- and north coast streams, and the majority of steams have cutthroat available throughout and stay open until Oct. 31. (Be sure to check the regulations for open streams, bait restrictions and closures.)

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • Nestucca, Tillamook, and Nehalem bays are all producing Fall Chinook. Fish are being caught regularly throughout the bays and tidewaters; although the daily bite can be sporadic. Fishing should just continue to improve in these areas as the fish stack up waiting for enough rain to move into the rivers. 9/16/20
  • Nestucca and Wilson rivers have hatchery summer steelhead throughout the system and this week’s rains could revitalize these fisheries. 9/16/20
  • The Siletz River summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow but there is little to no pressure and these fish get “grabby” again when the water temps cool down and we get some fall rain. 9/9/20
  • All of the North Coast Rivers and streams have healthy cutthroat populations and decent fishing opportunity. Resting pool counts last week observed cutthroat throughout the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers; although numbers were down from the last couple years. 9/2/20
  • All of the coast streams along the mid-coast -- including Salmon River, Yaquina/Big Elk Rivers, Siletz River, Alsea River, and the Siuslaw River -- have good populations of cutthroat trout. Many of the larger sea-run cutthroat move up into the rivers this time of year and follow the fall salmon migration and spawning. This is a great time to target these larger sea-run cutthroat trout. 9/9/20

RECENTLY STOCKED

We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.

NOTE: Local ODFW offices do not have access to the trout stocking schedule either.

These north coast lakes are stocked in spring and/or early summer: 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 and Vernonia Lake.

These mid coast lakes are stocked in spring and/or early summer: Alder Lake, Big Creek Reservoir #1 & #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 and Woahink Lake.

The first week of June was the last stocking week for the mid-coast lakes but there are still trout in all of the stocked lakes and these lakes will continue to produce trout throughout the summer.

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.

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.

Widespread closures include:

  • Mt. Hood, Willamette, Siuslaw and some districts within the Siskiyou national forests.
  • Clatsop, Tillamook and Santiam state forests.
  • Most privately-owned timber lands.
  • Many county and regional parks and boat ramps.

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.

No wild coho fisheries this year

A reminder that there are no wild coho fisheries in coastal rivers and streams this year. However, hatchery coho may be retained during open Chinook fisheries.

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.

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.
  • From 200 feet above and 900 feet below Trask Hatchery is closed July 16 to Oct. 15. This stretch includes the hatchery hole and Loren’s Drift.

Three Rivers from the hatchery weir to the mouth is closed July 16 to Sept. 30.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has picked up on the Alsea river from the mouth up to the Drift Creek area. Anglers are catching fish every day as more fish move into the estuary staging for the fall rains. 

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.

Remember, 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.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open on the Alsea River until Oct. 31. Many of the larger sea-run cutthroat move up into the rivers this time of year following the salmon migration and spawning. This is a great time to target these often overlooked fish. Last updated 9/9/20.

NEHALEM BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing on Nehalem bay has been fair with Chinook being caught throughout the bay. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, the bag limit for wild Chinook changes to 2 per day and 10 per year as part of the North Coast aggregate.

There is a hatchery coho release into the North Fork of the Nehalem and these fish should be coming through the bay now as well, and there are probably even a few sneaking into the river. Last updated 9/16/20.

NESTUCCA RIVER: Chinook, steelhead, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing in Nestucca Bay picked up this past week, with some decent fish caught. Fishing should continue to improve in the bay and tidewater throughout the month, and until we get rain to move fish upriver.

Summer steelhead fishing has been slow, but with this week’s rain it might be a good opportunity. The rain and change in temperatures can get fish that have been holding and lock-jawed more active, and increase the odds of hooking up. The upper river seems to be holding the most fish, but there are fish throughout the system. 

Sea-run cutthroat should be available throughout the Nestucca and Little Nestucca basins.

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. Last updated 9/16/20.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up on the Salmon River. There have been a few good days for the anglers trolling the lower bay and fish are starting to move up into the tidewater areas upstream of Hwy. 101. Fish will continue to move in on each tide and stage for the next rain event later this fall. Last updated 9/9/20.

SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow and very few anglers are fishing for them this time of year. There are still some fish around and things typically pick up for them as the water cools down and when we get some fall rains.

Fall Chinook fishing has also started to improve on the Siletz River. Most of the fish are being caught in the lowest portions of the tidewater around Coyote Rock. Expect more fish to move in on each tide and keep building through September.

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.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open in the Siletz basin and good trout fishing opportunities will remain through the summer months.

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. Last updated 9/9/20.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Siuslaw is still slow but starting to improve and fish are being caught every day. Most of the fish are being caught low in the tidewater areas downstream of Cushman. 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.

Trout fishing opened in the Siuslaw basin (including Lake Creek) on May 22 and has great opportunities to catch a trout throughout the summer months. Last updated 9/9/20.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing is definitely on in Tillamook Bay, with fish being caught both in the upper and lower bay. Although the bites are sporadic, there are fish being caught daily. Fishing should continue to improve throughout the month and into October as fish stack up waiting for enough rain to get into the rivers.

Trolling herring is popular in the lower bay, while the upper bay tends to be more of a spinner fishery.

Hatchery coho are in the bay as well, and there is some opportunity to catch them. Just remember that coho must be adipose-fin clipped to be retained.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The majority of the Chinook opportunity is still in the tidewater, but with a little rain this week there could be a few fish sneaking in. That said, it will take a significant freshet to move Chinook upriver in any decent numbers. 

A few coho have returned to Trask River hatchery, and this week’s rain may bring in a few more. So there should be more fishing opportunity for coho (adipose-fin clipped only) as well.

Coastal cutthroat trout numbers were down on the Trask this year, according to resting pool counts that were completed recently by ODFW, but there are still fish around. The upper river including the North and South forks provide some of the best bank access, and cooler water temperatures up there may keep fish more active.

The Trask River does not have a summer steelhead release, but it isn’t that uncommon to find a Wilson River fish in the Trask, several were observed during recent resting pool counts. Last updated 9/16/20.

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.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead fishing has been slow, but with this week’s rain it might be a good opportunity. The rain and change in temperatures can get fish that have been holding and lock-jawed more active, and increase the odds of hooking up. Also, most of the swimming recreation activity has let up, so fish shouldn’t be as spooked.

During this week’s resting pool counts, the number of summer steelhead in the Wilson River was up slightly from last year, but still well below the 10-year average. The majority of fish observed were in the upper river.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing is improving on the Yaquina River as well. A handful of fish are being caught every day in the lower estuary downstream of Toledo. Things should continue to improve as more fish move into the estuary throughout the month of September.

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. Last updated 9/9/20.