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- Spring Chinook fishing on the North Coast is picking up. Overall, the fishing has been sporadic, but fish are being caught. Best bets for springers will be the Nestucca bay, tidewater and river, Tillamook Bay, Trask tidewater and river (Hatchery hole and Loren’s are starting to produce), and the Lower Columbia tributaries (Big Creek, Gnat Creek, and Klaskanine River).
- Trout stocking is well underway on the North Coast and all of the lakes we normally stock have received fish. There are no additional stockings scheduled for this week, but there are fish in all the normal lakes at this point. These fish should be hungry and ready to bite so go catch them! See the list of recently stocked lakes and the full stocking schedule below.
- Warm water fisheries are off to a slow start on the North Coast, mostly due to a wet spring and cold water temperatures. These fisheries should start to pick up as soon as the water warms a little. Cape Mears Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, Town Lake, and Vernonia Pond all have bass and other warm water species available.
- Trout fishing in streams opened Sunday, May 22. There should be cutthroat trout available in most North Coast streams and sea-runs will start showing up now through mid-summer.
- Summer steelhead should be showing up in the Nestucca and Wilson rivers. Runs have been poor the past couple years, but we are hoping for an improved return.
- Mid-Coast lakes are full of trout and the fishing has been good. The Newport and Florence areas have several lakes to choose from for trout fishing opportunities. Check the stocking schedule for location, dates, and numbers of fish stocked each week.
- Summer steelhead typically start to show up in the Siletz River in May and peak June-August. Although a bit early, there should be some summer steelhead around and thing will continue to improve through June.
- Warm water fishing for bass and panfish in the Florence area is starting to improve with the warmer weather and increasing water temperatures. Many of the lakes in the Florence area offer great warm water fishing throughout the summer months.
Week of 5/23: Perkins Lake, Alder Lake, Thissel Pond, Buck Lake, Dune Lake, Cleawox Lake.
Week of 5/23: no stocking scheduled
Trout fishing maps
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Trout fishing in streams opened Sunday May 22.
Report Chinook with an additional clip
Some Spring Chinook on the North Coast may be marked with a maxillary or ventral clip in addition to the usual adipose clip. This is part of an ongoing study to evaluate the effectiveness of certain release sites and rearing strategies. If you catch a Spring Chinook with one of these secondary clips please report it by calling 503-842-2741 Ext. 18614. Thank you.
ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened on May 22. Cutthroat trout are abundant and can be found throughout the Alsea basin. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions. Last updated 5/25/22.
LOWER COLUMBIA TRIBUTARIES (BIG CR, GNAT CR, KLASKANINE R): spring Chinook
Spring Chinook are available in all of these streams. There have been some sporadic good bites reported. Last updated 5/25/22.
NESTUCCA RIVER, THREE RIVERS, AND LITTLE NESTUCCA RIVER: spring Chinook, summer steelhead
Spring Chinook should be in the Nestucca Bay and River. Flows have been good for migration into the river, and for floating, but water temperatures have been cool for this time of year, which could slow migration. Effort has started to pick up, which usually means there are some fishing being caught. The Little Nestucca gets some hatchery springers back as well, and they should be in the river also. Last updated 5/25/22.
The Nestucca has a hatchery summer steelhead run and those fish are starting to show up. Heard of at least one caught, and the first couple made it back to Cedar Creek Hatchery. This early in the run the lower river below Three Rivers will offer the best opportunity for an encounter. Last updated 5/25/22.
Three Rivers also gets spring Chinook and summer steelhead. No Springers have returned to the hatchery as of yet, but a few have been caught downstream. The first couple summer steelhead returned to the hatchery last week, so hopefully that is a good sign. Last updated 5/25/22.
Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction: In Three Rivers leader length must be between 18 and 36 inches and only one single point hook 3/8 inch gap or less may be used from May 1 – July 15 (See Anti-Snagging Gear Restriction Rules on page 18 of Sport Fishing Regulations).
River levels and predictions for the Nestucca are available at here.
SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened on May 22. Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Salmon River basin and provide great opportunity for some spring fishing. Last updated 5/25/22.
Warmwater fishing for bass and panfish is starting to improve on Siltcoos as the water temperatures increase. Siltcoos is also stocked with trout providing an opportunity to fish for both warmwater and trout on the same trip. Last updated 5/25/22.
SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened on May 22. Cutthroat trout can be found throughout the Siuslaw basin and provide good opportunity for some fun spring fishing. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions. Last updated 5/25/22.
TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook
Spring Chinook are in Tillamook Bay. The fishing has picked up some, fishing has been sporadic, but there have been some good days reported. Fish are throughout the bay and in the tidewaters at this point. Last updated 5/25/22.
TRASK RIVER: Spring Chinook
Spring Chinook are in the Trask. Fishing has been a little slow, but there have been sporadic good bites. Effort is increasing. The lower river is still at good flows for floating. Fishing should continue to improve throughout the month. Last updated 5/25/22.
Gear Restriction: Angling is restricted to fly fishing or bobber fishing from the marker at Loren’s Drift (RM 9) to the Cedar Cr Boat slide (RM 10.9) from May 1 – Jul 31 (See Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule on page 18 of the Sport Fishing Regulations).
The Trask does not have a summer steelhead release, but it is known to get a few strays back. Numbers will be low, but there is a chance of encountering summer steelhead. Last updated 5/4/22.
Trask river levels and predictions are available here.
WILSON RIVER: steelhead
The Wilson gets a hatchery summer steelhead run and these fish should be showing up this month, but we haven’t gotten any reports yet. I’m hoping for a better return than the past couple seasons, but we appear to be off to a slow start again. Last updated 5/25/22.
Wilson River levels and predictions are available here
YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout
Trout fishing in streams opened on May 22. Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Yaquina/Big Elk basins and provide good opportunity for spring fishing. Last updated 5/25/22.
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).