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Hatcheries have partially reopened during normal visiting hours (8-5 in most cases). Most indoor areas, visitor centers and restrooms remain closed so please plan accordingly. 

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation updates as of  Sept. 28, 2021.

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

NW Zone Chinook Changes

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)

Big Creek

  • Mouth to hatchery deadline
  • Open for hatchery steelhead and hatchery Chinook salmon October 1 through December 31
  • Use of bait allowed.
  • Angling from the RR trestle is allowed.

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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Chinook on the Alsea River
"33 lb Native Chinook" from the Alsea River. -Photo by Edwin Giles-

 

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LAKE, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Town, Cape Meares, Coffenbury, Lost, and Sunset lakes were stocked with trophy trout in mid-September. Many of these fish have probably been caught by now, but there should still be a few around and these are bigger trout that put up a fun fight. In addition, there are still hold over trout from the spring stockings available in many North Coast lakes and those fish should be active and hungry this time of year. Some of the best lakes for holdover trout on the north coast are probably Lost Lake (Clatsop county), Lake Tahoe (Tillamook county), South Lake (Mount Hebo) and Town Lake (Pacific City). Last updated 10/20/21.

Fishing for warmwater species is species is mostly over for the season, with temperatures getting cold at night and water temps dropping accordingly, these species will be mostly inactive until next spring. Last updated 10/13/21.

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 fall months.

Warmwater fisheries in the mid-coast are winding down for the season with the cooler weather and dropping water temperatures. Some of these lakes receive trout stockings and have opportunities to catch trout through the fall and winter months. These lakes include: Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer, and Munsel.

Siltcoos and Tahkenitch opened for coho fishing on Oct. 1 and provide a great opportunity to catch a wild coho in a beautiful coastal lake setting. Daily bag limits are 1 wild coho per day and 1 wild jack coho per day, 5 per year for the wild Coho aggregate in the Northwest and Southwest zones. Meaning you can only harvest 5 wild Coho per year within the Northwest and Southwest zones combined.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Wild coho fisheries on the Nestucca and Tillamook Bays closed after Oct. 13. There is NO retention of wild coho (including jacks) in North coast bays or rivers for the remainder of 2021.

Fall Chinook fishing remains pretty good on the north coast. Fish are being caught from the jaws to the upper tidewater in Tillamook and Nestucca bays. The Nehalem has been slower. There have been a few fish in the lower rivers; but that number should increase this week as our first heavy fall rains and associated rise in the rivers are predicted to start on Thursday and continue through early next week. Best guess is that when the rivers clear next week there will be Chinook throughout many of the basins. There are still hatchery coho available in the Trask and Nehalem basins as well (no retention of wild coho), although many have returned to the hatcheries already. Last updated 10/20/21.

There are sea-run cutthroat trout available in decent numbers throughout most North Coast rivers. Conditions are good and these fish should be active. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions when targeting cutthroat trout. Trout fishing in streams remains open until Oct.31. Last updated 10/13/21.

Mid-coast bays are producing some nice fall Chinook. Overall, fishing remains fair to slow in most basins but there are fish being caught every day. The numbers of fish in the bays and estuaries will continue to increase through the month of October as more fish will be staging waiting for some rain.

The Siletz River summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow. Fishing pressure continues to be very light and there will be opportunities to catch a summer steelhead through 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. Trout fishing in streams remains open until Oct.31.

RECENTLY STOCKED

Stocking will resume in February.

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 has picked up on the Alsea River as of late. Although still a bit slow, things have improved and fish are being caught every day. Forecasted rain over the next couple weeks should have fish on the move and up into the river portions of the Alsea. The numbers of fish in the estuary will continue to increase through October until we get a significant rain event to move fish up into the river.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Alsea for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/20/21.

BIG CREEK (Clatsop County): Chinook, coho

Big Creek opened to fishing on Oct. 1 (two weeks earlier than normal). A good return of hatchery coho salmon and a surplus of hatchery Chinook salmon are the reasons for the early opener. Last updated 10/6/21.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

There are probably Chinook available in the tidewater sections of the stream. Rain’s beginning this Thursday and continuing through early next week are predicted to bring the rivers up, and it’s likely that will bring some Chinook into them. The Kilchis is known for a later fall Chinook run, so there probably still won’t be a large number of Chinook comeing in. Last updated 10/20/21.

Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River. Conditions should have improved with the recent rain and trout should be active. Last updated 10/13/21.

MIAMI RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

A few salmon may be available in the tidewater sections of the stream. There probably still aren’t many fish above tidewater. Last updated 10/13/21.

Cutthroat trout fishing in the Miami should be fair to good. Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/13/21.

NECANICUM RIVER: Chinook

The Necanicum gets a decent run of Chinook salmon, including some hatchery fish. Being a small stream most of the action has been in tidewater so far, but the freshet predicted for this week will likely bring Chinook upriver. Last updated 10/20/21.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay remained slow this week. Most likely many of the Chinook that were in the bay earlier in the season have moved upriver. The rains predicted for this week will probably move the last of the holding fish upriver, but hopefully it will bring fresh fish in from the salt as well. The wild Chinook bag limit expanded to 2 per day on Sept. 16 (north coast aggregate bag limit for wild Chinook still applies). Last updated 10/20/21.

A few hatchery coho are being caught in the bay as well, but many of them have returned to the hatchery. There is no retention of wild coho salmon allowed on the north coast, and there are a lot of them being encountered; anglers are reminded to know their salmon identification and release wild coho safely. Last updated 10/20/21.

We should see a push of Chinook and hatchery coho into the North Fork Nehalem following the coming rains and associated river rise. Should be some decent opportunity in the river below the hatchery. Last updated 10/20/21.

In the mainstem Nehalem, there should be push of Chinook on the mainstem as the rains fall and the river rises. There should be some decent angling opportunities from the deadline down to tidewater. The upper deadline for salmon fishing on the Nehalem is the Foss Rd (CC) bridge located at river mile 15.1 Last updated 10/20/21.

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

The wild coho fishery on the Nestucca and Little Nestucca Bay closed after Oct. 13. There is NO retention of wild coho (including jacks) in North coast bays or rivers for the remainder of 2021.

Chinook fishing has been fair on the Nestucca. There have been good numbers of Chinook holding in the upper estuary. This week’s predicted rains and the associated river rise should move a lot of those fish into the river. There should be good fishing opportunity from First bridge to Cloverdale after the freshet. Hopefully the rains will also bring fresh fish into the bay. Last updated 10/19/21.

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir (Cedar Creek Hatchery) may get a push of Chinook following the rains predicted for the rest of the week. Last updated 10/20/21.

Fishing for cutthroat trout is generally fair to good in the Nestucca this time of year. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/29/21. 

SALMON RIVER:  fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River. The forecasted rain and cooler weather this week will stir things up and have fish pushing into the upper estuary and into the river headed for the hatchery.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Salmon River for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.

SILTCOOS AND TAHKENITCH LAKES: Coho

Coho fishing in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes opened on Oct. 1. Fishing has been slow to start off the season but the forecasted big rain events over the next couple of weeks should bring more fish up into the lakes and get things going for the season. Check the regulations for bag limits and open areas within these lakes. Last updated 10/20/21.

SILETZ RIVER: fall Chinook, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

***Update*** The Siletz Basin did have a limited wild Coho season that ended on Oct. 15. No wild Coho retention is allowed for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Summer steelhead continues to be slow on the Siletz and the numbers of fish returning this year is low. The recent rains and cooler water temperatures have helped the conditions but the low return is still making the summer steelhead fishing tough. Fishing pressure continues to be very light.

Fall Chinook has picked up on the Siletz and many fish are now staging in the upper portions of the estuary waiting for some significant rain. The forecasted big rain events over the next couple of weeks will have fish on the move and headed up the river.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/20/21.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has picked up on the Siuslaw but it’s still slow overall. The numbers of fish in the system will continue to increase as we get further into October as the fish are staging and waiting for some rain. The forecasted rain over the next couple of weeks will have fish on the move and push them up into the river systems.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Siuslaw for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/20/21.

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

The wild coho fishery on Tillamook Bay closed after Oct. 13. There is NO retention of wild coho on the North coast bays or rivers (including jacks) for the remainder of 2021.

Chinook fishing remained fair to good on Tillamook Bay for another week, with fish being caught from the jaws to the upper bay. The rain predicted for this coming week and the associated rise in the river should move Chinook into many of the rivers. As a result, fishing on the bay may slow down, but there should still be fresh fish coming in from the salt, and the freshet may speed that process as well. Last updated 10/20/21.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

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

Chinook fishing has been best in the Trask tidewater, where it has been fairly decent, but the rains predicted for this coming week and the rise in the river that will cause, should push fish into the river. There should be some decent fishing opportunity in the river after, especially in the lower run from the hatchery down to Hwy 101. Hatchery coho are in the river also, and while many of them have made it back to the hatchery already there should be another push following the rains.

The Trask River from 200 ft above and 900 ft below Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (this includes the “hatchery hole”) reopened to fishing on Oct. 16. Last updated 10/20/21.

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.

WILSON RIVER: Chinook, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

So far the majority of fall Chinook action had been in tidewater, but there is a good chance that will change over the next week with rain and a rise in the river predicted for this coming week, which should push Chinook up into freshwater. There should be some opportunity in the lower river after this freshet. Last updated 10/20/21.

Summer steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been slow this year, but there are some fish available, particularly in the upper river. Normally October can be a good month to target these fish as they get more active and start migrating from summer holding water to spawning areas (they won’t actually spawn until December/January so quality is still decent), 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 9/20/21.

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.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Yaquina. Fish are now spread throughout the estuary while they stage and wait for more significant rain. The forecasted rain should have fish on the move and pushing into the upper tidewater and into the river systems.

 ***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Yaquina for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

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 10/20/21.