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Retention for sturgeon allowed for 2-more days.

Effective October 19, the daily bag limit reduces for adult hatchery Chinook 

Retention of wild adult fall Chinook salmon is prohibited effective October 5, 2019.

Steelhead, fall Chinook and coho bag limits reduced to one per day.

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Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of October 16, 2019

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

NEHALEM RIVER BASIN

  • Anglers fishing west of the visible tips of the jetty are fishing in ocean waters and must abide by all other ocean salmon regulations including: barbless hooks required, no more than 2 single-point hooks allowed. Salmon harvested in this area would be tagged on the Oregon Combined Angling tag as area code “2” – Coastal Port of Departure - Nehalem Bay (or other applicable ocean port if you did not launch in Nehalem).

Nehalem Bay Special Management Area Map
Nehalem Bay Special Management Area Map
NW Zone Table 1
NW Zone Table 2

 The daily bag limit is two adult salmon, only one of which can be a wild Chinook. If you have tagged one wild Chinook, you may continue to fish for hatchery coho/Chinook until you have reached the adult daily bag limit.

There will be no in-river wild coho fisheries in 2019. Any wild coho fisheries in lakes remain unchanged from permanent regulations.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741
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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • There’s just two weekends left to fish for cutthroat trout in rivers and streams before the season closes on Oct. 31.
  • This week’s rain should send Chinook that have been holding in the estuaries upriver. Some north coast rivers may blow out for the weekend but, if so, look for them to clear by early next week.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

Cape Mears Lake, Hebo Lake, South Lake, Town Lake, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes all received trophy trout stockings recently. These are really nice trout, usually in the 2–3 pound range.

All of the North Coast lakes were stocked with most receiving multiple stockings through May. Many of the lakes have hold over trout from the spring stockings, and this time of year as the nights get colder and water temperatures start to drop those fish will be getting more active.

Check the 2019 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 the mid-coast lakes ended in June. Check the stocking schedule online for dates and locations of stockings. Some of the bigger lakes have “hold-over” trout and the fishing typically picks up in the fall when these trout are feeding to prepare for the winter months ahead. In the mid-coast these lakes include: Olalla, Big Creek reservoirs, Cleawox, Mercer, Munsel, and Siltcoos.

Warmwater fisheries is still good in several lakes around the Florence area including: Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer and Munsel.

Check the 2019 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: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing on the Alsea River continues to be fair. Typical tidewater fishing, some days are better than others but anglers are catching fish every day from the mouth up to the head of tidewater.

Fish are now spread throughout the system staging for the next big rain event that is forecasted to hit this week. If the forecast holds, many of the fish staging in the estuary will move up into the river after the rain.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Late summer and fall are typically good times to fish for sea-run cutthroat. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

KILCHIS RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

The Kilchis is typically has a late peak for fall Chinook, but with the first good rain of the fall starting today, it’s likely there will be a push of fish into the North coast rivers. The Kilchis is often one of the first rivers to come back into shape after a high water event.

Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

Fishing for cutthroat should be fair to good.

NECANICUM RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat trout

Chinook have been in the Necanicum tidewater for a while now, and with the freshet we’re expecting over the next few days, fish should push up river.

Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The Nehalem is predicted to go up over 2.5 feet over the next few days and although that may put the river off color for a day or two, it should also get the Chinook moving. Both pushing those that have been holding in the bay upstream as well as bringing new fish in.

As of Sept. 16, the bag limit changed to 1 per day and 5 per season, however, if you got your 1 wild Chinook prior to Sept. 16 you may only harvest 4 more from the North Coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River). The bag limit for jack Chinook salmon will remain 5 per day.

In addition, a “bubble” area has been established in the ocean off the mouth of Nehalem Bay. Beginning July 1, adult wild Chinook caught in the bubble count towards the daily and seasonal bag limit for the Nehalem River and Bay. All other ocean salmon regulations remain in effect. See myodfw.com for details.

Nehalem River and bay is open for hatchery coho only. There is no retention of wild coho in the river or bay.  

Cutthroat should be widespread in the basin.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER coho, Chinook

The Nehalem North Fork should get a good push of hatchery coho as well as some Chinook on the coming rains. Depending on how much the river colors up it could be a good weekend to fish.

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

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair to good the past few weeks in the bay and upper tidewater. With the Nestucca predicted to come up almost 2 feet over the next few days, Chinook should be on the move upstream. Depending on how muddy the water gets, I would expect the lower river to fish well as soon as it turns green. 

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir deadline opened for fall Chinook and hatchery steelhead on Oct. 1, and this rain should get fish moving in to the system. This would be another good bet for the weekend.

Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

Summer steelhead are available throughout the basin, but this fishery usually slows down towards the end of October.

Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Nestucca basin. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

We recently received notification from the Oregon Department of Transportation that 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.

SALMON RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River. The September rains moved some fish up into the hatchery but the low clear conditions have slowed this movement and fish are still holding in the tidewater waiting for the next big rain.

This week’s forecasted storms should create good conditions for fish moving up out of the tidewater and into the hatchery. Fishing should be good after these mid-week storms and continue through the weekend. Mid-September to the beginning of mid-October is typically the best time to catch a Salmon River Chinook.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the north coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing is open in rivers and streams. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

SILETZ RIVER: fall Chinook, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair to good on the Siletz River. Some days are better than others but anglers are consistently catching fish every day from the 101 bridge up to the head of tide. Fish are now spread throughout the system staging for the next big rain which is forecasted to arrive this week. This big storm will have fish on the move through the tidewater and up into the river heading for the spawning grounds.

Conditions should be good for the next couple of weeks. Mid-September is typically when things start to pick up and continue to improve through September and October.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead. Summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow but should improve with the recent rains. The fall rains get the summer steelhead active again and often they go on the bite after a little rain.

Anglers are catching summer steelhead throughout the system but the best fishing is in the Moonshine and gorge areas. The summer steelhead fishery peaks in June through July/August and then continues to produce fish until the heavy rains come in the fall.

Hatchery fish are released at Twin Bridges and Moonshine Park. Many anglers fish the upper “gorge” area for these hard fighting fish. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait, casting lures, and drift fishing are great techniques to catch a Siletz summer steelhead.

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.

Trout fishing is open until Oct. 31. Late summer and fall are typically good times to target the sea-run cutthroat on many coastal streams including the Siletz River. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

SILTCOOS & TAHKENITCH LAKES: warmwater species, cutthroat and rainbow trout

Warmwater fishing has been good on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes as well as many other lakes in the Florence area. Water temperatures are warm and fish can be found throughout the lake in a variety of habitats. Warmwater fishing will continue to be good through the summer and into the fall.

Siltcoos also gets stocked rainbow trout, check the stocking schedule for numbers and dates of stockings.

Coho fishing opened in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes on Oct. 1. Fishing has been slow so far but this week’s rainstorms should move fish up the rivers and into the lake systems.

***Reminder*** Retention of wild Coho is still allowed for the 2019 season, 1 wild adult Coho per day (as well as 1 jack per day) and 5 adult Coho for the year in aggregate with Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, and Tenmile Lakes.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be fair to good on the Siuslaw. September rains moved some fish up into the river but the majority of fish remain in the tidewater waiting for some more rain. The bulk of the fish have moved further up the estuary from a few miles above Cushman to Tiernan boat landing.

This week’s storms will have fish on the move through the tidewater and up into the river headed for the spawning grounds. After the rain conditions should be good for the next couple weeks.

****Reminder***** Lake Creek (a tributary of the Siuslaw River) is closed for the fall salmon season to protect the forecasted low number of returning Chinook.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. Late summer and fall are typically good times to target sea-run cutthroat in the Siuslaw River. Check the regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Chinook fishing on Tillamook Bay has been fair. It’s always challenging to guess what a good freshet will do to fishing on the bay. Although many of the Chinook that have been holding in the bay will undoubtedly shoot upriver, the rains may also bring new pulses of fish in from the Ocean.

Tillamook Bay is open for hatchery coho only. There is no retention of wild coho in the bay.

TRASK RIVER: chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The Trask is predicted to come up almost 1.5 feet over the next few day. There’s little doubt that will get Chinook and hatchery coho moving up river. The bigger question is how muddy the river will get, and how long until it gets back in shape if it does color up. Whenever it turns green and starts to drop, it’s going to be a good bet for fishing!

Coho must be adipose fin-clipped, there is no retention of wild coho in the river.

Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

Trout fishing should be fair to good for cutthroat, including in the forks. Recent surveys showed good numbers of sea-run cutthroat trout throughout the basin, and the fish seemed large this year! These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

Closed from the marker at the Dam Hole (mp 7 on Trask River road) up to Blue Ridge Creek July 16 – Oct. 15.

For anglers planning to fish the Trask River at the popular “hatchery hole’ that reopens today, be advised the hatchery grounds are currently closed to the public.

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: Chinook, cutthroat trout

The Wilson is predicted to come up over a foot the next few days and that should get Chinook moving into the river. It’s always a little challenging to guess how much the first rain will color things up, but my guess is that the Wilson will fish this weekend, or early next week at the latest.

Anglers are reminded that this year’s bag limit for wild Chinook is 1 per day and 5 per year from the North coast aggregate (Necanicum River to Salmon River).

Trout fishing should be fair to good throughout the river. These are aggressive fish and fun fighters on light gear.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair to good on the Yaquina River. The rainstorms forecasted to arrive this week will have fish on the move through the upper tidewater areas and into the rivers headed for their spawning grounds. Fish are now spread out from Toledo up to the Elk City boat ramp but things will change with the amount of rain that is forecasted.

Some days are better than others but anglers are catching fish every day on each tide series. Mid-September through October are typically the best times to catch a Yaquina River Chinook.

Due to low forecasted fall Chinook returns, this year’s daily bag limit has been reduced to 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the mid-coast aggregate (Siletz River to Siuslaw River).

No wild coho retention for the 2019 season.

Trout fishing in streams is open until Oct. 31. This is a good time of year to fish for sea-run cutthroat trout in many of the coastal streams including the lower Yaquina and estuary. Check regulations for open areas and gear restrictions.