Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of October 9, 2018

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

SELECT AREA FISHERIES

Includes 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 tidewater sections; and 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.

  • The following 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 above Select Areas.
  • Effective September 24 until further notice, angling and retention of Chinook and hatchery coho is allowed.  Retention of steelhead remains prohibited.
  • All other permanent regulations apply.

WILD COHO

There will be no special seasons for wild coho in rivers of the NW Zone for 2018. 

  • Hatchery coho salmon may be retained as part of the daily bag limit in all waters that are open to angling for Chinook or steelhead.
  • Retention of wild coho salmon allowed in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes under permanent rules.

LAKE CREEK, a tributary of the Siuslaw River

  • Closed to salmon fishing from Oct. 15-Dec. 31.
  • No salmon fishing allowed from the mouth of Lake Creek to Indian Creek.

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:

  • Steelhead fishing may have picked up on the Nestucca, Siletz and Wilson rivers thanks to cooler temperatures and a bit or rain. Look for fish to be more active as cooler nights cause water temperatures to drop.
  • Cape Mears, Town, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes were stocked with trophy trout in September.
  • Fall Chinook are dispersed throughout the bays and estuaries.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

Cape Mears, Town, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes were stocked with trophy trout in September. Most district lakes were stocked with hatchery trout this spring. Cooler nights and recent rains have cooled water temperatures, which should make holdover trout more active and improve fishing.

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

Stocking of mid coast lakes stopped in early June, but fishing for warmwater species can still be good in several area lakes, including Ollala Reservoir, Mercer Lake, Siltcoos Lake and Tahkenitch Lake.

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, fall Chinook

A few fall Chinook are being caught everyday but overall the fishing has been slow. Rain and cooler weather last week wasn’t enough to move many fish into the river but fish are now scattered throughout the entire estuary. Fresh fish will continue to enter the estuary on each tide and “stage” throughout the estuary waiting for a bigger rain event. Best techniques include trolling herring/spinners and bobber fishing with bait.

Reminder: All wild coho must be released during the 2018 fall salmon season.

Sea-run cutthroat will continue to enter the estuary and lower river throughout the month and into the fall. These fish are very aggressive, respond well to flies and lures, and can be up to 20-inches long.

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

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, trout

Fall Chinook will begin to move into the Kichis River this month. The Kilchis is very flow dependent and it will take a fairly large rain event to bring the river up and get fish moving, but once that happens be ready to fish. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, back trolling divers and bait, and large plugs are all good river techniques for fall Chinook.

Sea run cutthroat are present in good numbers on the North Coast this year, and anglers will find them throughout the basin.

NEHALEM RIVER:  trout, Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook have been present in Nehalem bay for quite some time and should continue to be through the month. Fishing on the Nehalem has been slow to fair, but October is prime time for the fall run. Trolling herring or spinners in the bay is generally the most productive.

Coho salmon are in the Nehalem now and will be through October. Anglers are reminded that there is NO RETENTION of wild coho in the Nehalem River this year; only adipose fin clipped coho may be retained.

Sea run cutthroat are present in good numbers on the North Coast this year, and are throughout the basin.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER: coho, Chinook

Coho and Chinook salmon will be entering the North Fork Nehalem this month. There are a few fish that have pushed into the river, but thus far the fishing has been slow. The coho will show up first and fishing can be decent below the hatchery. Anglers are reminded that there is NO RETENTION of wild coho in the Nehalem basin this year; only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS:  Chinook, steelhead, trout

Fall Chinook have been present in the Nestucca estuary for some time, and fishing has been slow to fair. Fishing should continue to improve throughout the month as October brings the peak of the salmon run. Trolling herring is popular near the mouth, while farther up the estuary bobber fishing bait or casting spinners are popular techniques.

Very few Chinook have moved up into the Nestucca River as of yet, but as soon as we get a large rain event be ready to fish the lower river. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, back trolling divers and bait, and large plugs are all good river techniques for fall Chinook. Anglers are reminded that the Nestucca River is closed to fall Chinook fishing above first bridge (near the community of Beaver).

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir opened Oct. 1, and there are still summer steelhead in the system. Fall Chinook should arrive later this month, but it will take a large rain event to move them into the system in any numbers.

There are hatchery summer steelhead throughout the system and there are some fish getting caught. Fall can actually be a great time to target summer steelhead, because these fish will get more active as water temperatures drop during the cooler nights and occasional rain freshens the river, and they’re still in good shape! Concentrate on deep pools and riffles with some chop and cover to them. Drift fishing small presentations, spinners, and flies are good choices to target these fish.

Coho salmon will be showing up in the Nestucca later this month. Anglers are reminded that there is NO RETENTION of wild coho in the Nestucca River this year; only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained. There is not a hatchery coho run on the Nestucca, but the occasional stray is caught.

Sea-run cutthroat are present in good numbers on the North Coast this year, and anglers will find them throughout the basin. Remember, the upper Nestucca upstream from Moon Creek at Blaine is restricted to artificial lures and flies.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Salmon River has been slow this year. Fish are being caught everyday but it has been slow overall. Fish will continue to stack up in the tidewater waiting for the next big rain event. Best techniques include trolling herring/spinners, bobber fishing with bait, and casting spinners from the bank.

Reminder: All wild coho must be released during the 2018 fall salmon season.

Sea-run cutthroat are also available in the Salmon River. Although not as popular as the larger rivers in the area, the Salmon River still provides opportunity to catch these scrappy trout up to 20-inches in length.

Trout fishing is open in streams and rivers. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures, May 22- Oct. 31.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Siletz river/bay has been slow but anglers are catching a few fish every day. Cooler weather last week combined with rain pushed fish into the upper tidewater sections and now fish are scattered throughout the entire estuary. Best techniques include trolling herring/spinners lower in the estuary while bobber fishing with bait and casting spinners from the bank generally works better higher in the estuary.

Reminder: All wild coho must be released during the 2018 fall salmon season.

*Note: Salmon fishing in the Siletz River is closed above the marker sign approximately 1,200 feet above Ojalla bridge until Oct. 7.

Summer steelhead are in the river. Fishing has picked up as water temperatures have started to cool down and we’ve had a few small rains. Most of the fish are located in the upper river especially in the gorge area. Early mornings or late evenings are not as critical with the cooler temperatures and overcast weather so fishing can be good throughout the day. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

Reminder: Steelhead fishing is open in the gorge area year round but salmon fishing/retention is closed upstream of the Illahee boat ramp located in the town of Siletz during the fall salmon seasons.

Trout fishing is open in streams and rivers May 22 – Oct. 31. 

*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, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Siuslaw river/bay has been slow. With cooler water temperatures and rain last week fish are now spread throughout the entire estuary waiting for the next big rain event. Best techniques include trolling herring/spinners and bobber fishing with bait.

Reminder: All wild coho must be released for the 2018 fall salmon season.

Reminder: Lake Creek, a tributary of the Siuslaw River, is closed for the 2018 fall salmon season.

Sea-run cutthroat will begin entering the lower river later this month and into the fall. These fish are very aggressive, respond well to flies and lures, and can be up to 20-inches long.

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

TILLAMOOK BAY: fall Chinook

Fall Chinook are in the bay in moderate numbers and fishing has been slow overall. That said, there have been some sporadically good bites in both the upper and lower bay. Fishing should improve throughout the month of October, but we are expecting a modest run. Trolling herring in the lower bay, and spinners in the upper bay are popular and effective techniques.

Coho salmon are showing up in Tillamook Bay. Anglers are reminded that there is NO RETENTION of wild coho in Tillamook Bay this year; only adipose fin clipped coho may be retained.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, steelhead, trout

Very few Chinook have moved up into the Trask River as of yet, but as soon as we get a large rain event be ready to fish the lower river. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, back trolling divers and bait, and large plugs are all good river techniques for fall Chinook.

Hatchery Coho will be returning to the Trask hatchery this month. These fish usually don’t bite very well once in the river, but there is always the chance to get lucky. Anglers are reminded that there is NO RETENTION of wild coho in the Trask; only adipose fin-clipped coho may be retained.

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 – Oct. 15. 

Sea-run cutthroat are present in good numbers on the North Coast this year, and anglers will find them throughout the basin. Try casting spinners or flies to areas with depth or cover when targeting these fish.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, trout, fall Chinook

Very few Chinook have moved up into the Wilson River as of yet, but as soon as we get a large rain event be ready to fish the lower river. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, back trolling divers and bait, and large plugs are all good river techniques for fall Chinook.

Hatchery summer steelhead are available throughout the system and there are some fish getting caught. Fall can actually be a great time to target summer steelhead, because these fish will get more active as water temperatures drop with the cooler nights and occasional rain freshens the river. Concentrate on deep pools and riffles with some chop and cover to them. Drift fishing small presentations, spinners, and flies are good choices to target these fish.

Sea-run cutthroat are present in good numbers on the North Coast this year, and anglers will find them throughout the basin.

Fall Chinook will start sneaking into the Wilson River later this month but it will take some significant rain to move them into the river in any real numbers.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing on the Yaquina river/bay has been slow but anglers are catching a few each day. Fishing will continue to improve as more fish continue to move into the estuary waiting for the fall rains. Best techniques include trolling herring/spinners and bobber fishing with bait.

Reminder: All wild coho must be released during the 2018 fall salmon season.

Sea-run cutthroat will continue to enter the lower river later this month and into the fall. These fish are very aggressive, respond well to flies and lures, and can be up to 20-inches long.

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