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Effective Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m., the mainstem Columbia River downstream of the OR/WA border will close to sockeye and hatchery steelhead fishing.

Effective June 10, 2020 through September 30, 2020, size and harvest limits of game fish are lifted on Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Under emergency regulations effective June 3, the Cole Rivers hatchery hole is closed to all fishing through July 31.

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.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Recreation Report

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.

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

largemouth bass,
A nice largemouth bass caught at Munsel Lake. Photo by Robert Ramsey

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LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

North and mid-coast lakes and ponds got their last stocked trout of the year in May and early June. There are still plenty of trout left over from those stockings, and conditions for catching them are great.

In addition, with the cancellation of many family fishing events, many north coast lakes will have a few extra fish.

4 places to fish for trout this week:

  • South Lake on Mount Hebo should have plenty of hold over fish from spring stockings, and fish should be active. It is a bit of a drive on gravel roads, but this lake is nestled in the National forest, provides great scenery, and is a good place to get away from people.
  • Cullaby Lake is another one that was stocked as normal, but was closed for a portion of the spring. There should be good numbers of trout still in the lake.
  • Big Creek Reservoirs continue to produce trout in the Newport area and are great places to be outside catching some nice trout.
  • Cleawox Reservoir in the Florence area will offer good trout fishing into the summer.

 

Warmwater fisheries are still off to a slow start due to the cool lately, but four days of sun predicted to start on Friday should help kick things off on the North coast.

Water temperatures on the mid-coast have warmed just enough for bass and other warmwater species to be more become more active. Fishing will continue to improve for these species as we move into the post-spawn season.

3 places to for fish warmwater fish this weekend:

  • Vernonia Pond has good bass and bluegill populations and being farther inland the water temperature should be coming up enough to get these fisheries started.
  • Mercer and Munsel lakes (Florence area) are great warm water fisheries and both of them have stocked trout as well, good place to target both species in one trip
  • Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes (Florence area) both offer good warmwater fishing opportunites as well as good trout fishing for stocked trout and resident cutthroat.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Spring Chinook are in and, although still sporadic, it appears fishing has been a little better than the past couple years.

Summer steelhead fishing has been slow, but should be starting to improve anytime.

Cutthroat fishing is open on the mid- and north coast streams, where the higher and cooler water is creating great conditions for cutthroat fishing. (Be sure to check the regulations for open streams, bait restrictions and closures.)

Cutthroat fishing in streams is often overlooked but is an excellent local fishery with aggressive, hard-fighting fish

4 places to fish for salmon/steelhead this week:

  • •    The Trask River has been the most consistent place for spring Chinook fishing, and fish are throughout the system. As usual the area around Trask hatchery receives the most pressure and produces the most fish, but there are fish throughout the river. Fishing early morning and late evening can definitely increase the odds of success. Trask hatchery is currently closed to the public, but anglers can access the river from downstream of the hatchery. Please pay attention to signs and DO NOT cross the temporary fences. 
    •    The Nestucca River gets a decent hatchery spring Chinook run, and although sporadic we heard of some good bites on the lower river from 1st bridge to Cloverdale, and Three Rivers are usually the best places to fish this time of year.
    •    Three Rivers has Spring chinook moving up, and fishing was decent at times last week. 
    •    The Wilson River has some of the best angler access and holding water for summer steelhead, all along Hwy 6 from the deadline at the confluence of Devils lake fork and the South fork, down to Tillamook. There haven’t been many reports yet, but there should be summer steelhead coming in. 
    •    The Nestucca River also gets a good number of summer steelhead. The fishing has been slow so far, but should be underway. The lower river would probably be the best bet this time of year, but with the higher flows we’ve had recently fish could be distributed throughout the river. 

Several places to fish for cutthroat this week:

  • The Trask River has had some of the best cutthroat trout numbers the last couple years. Concentrate on the upper River and the North and South forks. Although the sea runs will peak in July, there are always fish holding in the river.
  • The Nestucca River has some great cutthroat fishing as well. The upper river in the BLM recreational area can be really good. (Don’t be too surprised if you encounter a summer steelhead up there as well).
  • With decent flows for this time of year, the Kilchis River has lots of bank access from the Kilchis Forest Road, great scenery, and plenty of cutthroat. It’s a very clear river so use small presentation, light line and stealthy tactics.
  • All of the coast streams along the mid-coast including: Salmon River, Yaquina/Big Elk Rivers, Siletz River, Alsea River, and the Siuslaw River.

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

Recreation Report gets a new look

We’re asking our local biologist to focus more on highlighting the best fishing opportunities on specific waterbodies, while shortening the long list of individual locations, many of which were rarely updated. 

Each zone report begins with an update of general conditions for lakes/ponds and rivers/streams, a list of best bets for the upcoming week, and announcements. We’ve kept the alphabetical list of waterbodies, but shortened it to include those waterbodies that are 1) popular with anglers looking for updates for a specific location, and 2) updated regularly (but not necessarily weekly) with stocking, fishing, access and water/ice conditions information.

This is a work in progress, and we expect it will take time for everyone (ODFW staff and customers) to find their way around the new format.

So, thank you for your patience. And let us know what you think – send an email to ODFW.Info@state.or.us and put “Web comment” in the subject line.

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.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthorat trout fishing opened May 22 on the Alsea River and trout fishing has been good throughout the basin. The higher water and cooler temperatures have created great spring/early summer conditions for trout fishing and will provide good opportunities through the summer months. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

The Nestucca has a good Spring Chinook and summer steelhead run, as well as cutthroat trout. Fishing picked up for Springers last week; there are fish in the river and conditions are still good for this time of year; the lower river is fishing the best right now.

The little Nestucca has a Spring Chinook run and fishing has been fair for the few people targeting them.

Three Rivers is a popular bank fishing area for both Spring Chinook and Summer steelhead and both species are in the system.

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 7/1/20.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat trout fishing opened on the Salmon River on May 22. Good cutthroat fishing can be found throughout the Salmon River estuary and river through the summer months. Last updated 6/24/20.

SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, Spring Chinook, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead fishing has been slow so far this year on the Siletz River. High water and cooler temperatures have disrupted the typical migration pattern of these fish and they are starting to move throughout the system with the recent warm and dry conditions. Expect things to be a little later this year and fishing to improve in the next couple weeks as the river drops and warms up.

Spring Chinook fishing has also been slow so far this year but a few fish are being caught in the lower portions of the river. Anglers are reminded that the bag limit has been changed for the 2020 spring Chinook season to 1 fish per day and 1 for the year. Check the regulation updates for details.

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 6/24/20.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing opened in the Siuslaw basin (including Lake Creek) on May 22and has great opportunities to catch a trout throughout the summer months. Last updated 6/24/20.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

The Trask has the north coast district’s largest spring Chinook run, and fishing has been sporadic but fair this season. The lower river below Trask hatchery is usually best, but there are fish throughout the system.

Coastal cutthroat trout numbers have been excellent the past few years and there’s no reason to expect less this year. Trout are throughout the system, but the upper river including the North and South forks provide some of the best bank access. Last updated 6/24/20.

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

The Wilson River gets a good summer steelhead return and has great bank access all along Hwy 6 on the state forest land. It’s still early and fishing has been slow thus far, but there are probably some fish around and the run should improve through the summer. Last updated 6/24/20.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout

Trout fishing opened in the Yaquina/Big Elk basin on May 22. The Yaquina and Big Elk have great cutthroat trout fishing opportunities throughout the estuary/river through the summer months. Last updated 6/24/20.