Razor clamming is now open from the north jetty of Coos Bay to Cape Arago. The rest of the coast remains closed.

The mainstem and West Fork will be open for retention of hatchery Chinook.

All  ODFW offices remain closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

All state-owned fish hatcheries remain closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation Updates as of  Jan. 4, 2021

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

There are currently no in-season regulation changes.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741

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Sauvie Island channel catfish
Sauvie Island channel catfish. Photo by John Kammerzelt

If there’s not a photo, it didn’t happen

Submit your fishing photo  to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.

 

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports―the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the weekly Recreation Report.

LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

All North Coast lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout. Water conditions are good, trout are hungry, and the fishing is good! Stocking will continue through the month and the online stocking schedule is back, so you can check it at the link below (under “recently stocked” for details on when your favorite lakes are due to get more fish. Tahoe Lake, Nedonna pond, Lake Lytle, Smith Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Loren’s pond, Sunset Lake, Lost Lake, and Coffenbury Lake will all be receiving another stocking this week.

Mid-coast lakes are full of trout and the fishing has been good. Here is a list of the lakes that have been stocked so far this year: Thissel Pond, Cleawox, Munsel, Mercer, Alder, Dune, Buck, Lost, Carter, Devils, Woahink, Elbow, Siltcoos, Eckman, and Big Creek Reservoirs #1 and #2. Here is a list of the lakes that are scheduled to be stocked this week: Dune, Alder, Buck, Big Creek Reservoir #1, Munsel, Siltcoos, Perkins, Georgia, Devil’s, Sutton, and Mercer. Check the stocking schedule for more information about mid-coast trout stockings.

Olalla Lake (mid-coast district) is owned and operated by Georgia Pacific in Toledo and will remain closed through the winter/spring due to COVID restrictions and social distancing concerns. We will keep you posted when this lake opens back up to the public. All fish that were scheduled to be stocked at Olalla will be redirected to Big Creek Reservoirs near Newport.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Steelhead fishing on the North Coast all but done, and has been slow recently. There are still a few fish left on the larger basins. Conditions are low and clear on most basins and will remain so for the foreseeable future. 

Many upper river reaches, as well as smaller rivers and creeks on the North Coast closed to steelhead fishing on April 1 to protect spawning wild steelhead and out-migrating juveniles. These include: the Nestucca River from Moon Creek to Elk Creek, and Beaver Creek. The Little North Fork and South Fork of the Wilson River. The North and South Forks of the Trask River. The Nehalem River upstream of Hwy. 26 at Elsie and Cook Creek. As well as, Ecola Creek, the Miami River, the Necanicum River, Neskowin Creek, the Salmonberry River, and the Tillamook River. Be sure to check the regulations if you are unsure of the status of your intended waterbody!

The Siletz and Alsea rivers still have some opportunity to catch a winter steelhead but the season is winding down and the fishing has been slow. The Siletz River typically has decent numbers of summer steelhead showing up in May which is just around the corner.

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • It is that transitional time of year on the North Coast when winter steelhead are about done, and the spring Chinook and summer steelhead haven’t shown up in any numbers yet. For those who really want to get out anyway; Tillamook Bay, the Nestucca River, and the Trask River will be the best chances to find an early Springer. 4/21/21
  • The Siletz and Alsea are still the best bet to catch a winter steelhead in the mid-coast. The low returns this year are making it tough and the rivers are now low and clear adding to the difficulty. With that said, there are still fish to be caught through the month of April, especially on the Siletz. 4/21/21

RECENTLY STOCKED

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.

ODFW email addresses to change

Beginning April 23, ___@ODFW.Oregon.gov will replace ___@state.or.us

For existing ODFW email addresses, all information before the "@" will remain the same. But the name will be followed by @ODFW.Oregon.gov.

New interagency map shows wildfire impacts on recreation

Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be living with the impacts of the 2020 wildfire season for a long time. To help you navigate the status of popular recreation sites, natural resource management agencies in Oregon have released an interagency status map that shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure.

Ollala Lake (mid-coast district) is owned and operated by Georgia Pacific in Toledo and will remain closed through the fall due to COVID restrictions and social distancing concerns.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing continues to be slow on the Alsea and is all but done for the 2021 season. The Alsea River remains open to steelhead fishing through April and then closes on April 30. Trout fishing in streams opens on May 22.

****Reminder****The popular winter steelhead bank fishery around the Alsea Hatchery remains open but the hatchery grounds are closed to the public. Anglers are required to park in the designated parking lot to access the river and are not allowed to park near or enter the hatchery grounds. Please be respectful of the hatchery staff and follow these rules to ensure this popular fishery remains open for the 2020/2021 season. Last updated 4/14/21.

NEHALEM RIVER and NORTH FORK NEHALEM: steelhead

The Nehalem is winding down, but there are still a few wild steelhead around for catch-and-release. There is a fair amount of spawning activity taking place this time of year, and anglers are encouraged to avoid spawning fish and redds (spawning nest).

The Nehalem River upstream of Hwy. 26 at Elsie closed to steelhead fishing on April 1, as did Cook Creek and the Salmonberry River in the Nehalem basin. Last updated 4/21/21.

The North fork has been slow, and effort has been light. The hatchery run is over, but there may still be a few wild fish available for catch-and-release. Conditions remain low and clear this week. Last updated 4/21/21.

Please remember to handle and release wild fish with care! There are some great resources available in the regulation book (page 15) and on the ODFW website.

NESTUCCA RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

The Nestucca is slow fishing right now as we transition from winter steelhead to Spring Chinook and summer steelhead. There are probably a few winter steelhead left around, and the first of the springers should be showing up soon. but fishing for both will probably be slow for the next few weeks. Last updated 4/21/21.

The upper Nestucca from Moon Creek to Elk Creek closed to steelhead fishing April 1 as did Beaver Creek in the Nestucca basin. Last updated 4/7/21.

Three Rivers is very low and clear. Fishing is slow as winter steelhead are about done, and Spring Chinook and summer steelhead haven’t really started yet. Last updated 4/21/21.

Please remember to handle and release wild fish with care! There are some great resources available in the regulation book (page 15) and on the ODFW website.

SALMON RIVER:  cutthroat trout coming soon

Winter steelhead fishing closed on the Salmon River on March 31. Trout fishing in streams will open on May 22.

NOTE: Reminder, the Salmon River hatchery remains closed to walk in anglers. Anglers can use access points upstream and downstream of the hatchery to access those traditional fishing locations.

SILTCOOS AND TAHKENITCH LAKES (and other warmwater lakes in Florence area):

Sunny weather and warm temperatures are starting to increase the warmwater fish activity in many of the Florence area lakes. Many of these lakes have great opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch, and other warmwater species. Siltcoos, Mercer, and Munsel also receive trout stockings and provide opportunity to fish for both. Last updated 4/14/21.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead fishing on the Siletz River remains slow but there are still some nice fish around for the few anglers that are sticking with it. Pressure continues to be very light. The Siletz River remains open year-round for steelhead fishing and provides opportunity through April for winter steelhead and then summer steelhead typically start to show up in decent numbers in May. Trout fishing in streams opens on May 22.

The 4.0 mile bridge (aka Steel Bridge) in the Siletz gorge is open to motorized vehicles on the weekends only. Anglers can walk/bike in the road during the weekdays. There is a parking area located at the 1-mile gate where anglers can walk/bike upstream from there. Last updated 4/21/21.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout coming soon

Winter steelhead fishing closed on March 31 on the Siuslaw and Lake Creek. Trout fishing in streams opens on May 22.

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing is just starting on Tillamook Bay, and it’s definitely still early. We did get a report, however, of a springer hooked off the jetty, and there have been rumors of a couple caught. Fishing should improve as we get into May. Last updated 4/21/21.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

The Trask is slow fishing right now as we transition from winter steelhead to spring Chinook and summer steelhead. There are probably a few winter steelhead left around, and the first of the springers should be showing up soon, but fishing for both will probably be slow for the next few weeks. Last updated 4/21/21.

The North and South Forks of the Trask closed to steelhead fishing on April 1. Last updated 4/13/21.

Please remember to handle and release wild fish with care! There are some great resources available in the regulation book (page 15) and on the ODFW website.

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. Please remember to practice social distancing.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

Fishing on the Wilson is very slow. Winter steelhead is winding down although there are probably a few hatchery and wild steelhead (catch-and-release only for wilds) left around. Last updated 4/21/21.

The Little North Fork and the South Fork of the Wilson closed to steelhead fishing on April 1. Last updated 4/7/21.

Please remember to handle and release wild fish with care! There are some great resources available in the regulation book (page 15) and on the ODFW website.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout coming soon

Fishing closed on the Yaquina/Big Elk on March 31, and will re-open on May 22 for trout fishing. Last updated 4/14/21.