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Effective Dec. 7, the emergency angling closures in the Winchuck, Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers will be lifted.

Effective Dec.7 through Dec. 31, 2019 closed to salmon fishing.

The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River to the California border for elevated domoic acid levels.

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

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

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

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  December 4, 2019

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

WILSON RIVER: Effective December 7 through December 31, 2019 - the river  is closed to all salmon angling.

  • From the Hwy 101 bridge upstream to Jordan Creek
  • The portion of Tillamook Bay within the tidewater of the Wilson River from Blind Slough (river mile 0.5) upstream to the Hwy 101 bridge

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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Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Anglers have been catching the first winter steelhead of the season. Fishing will pick up once we get some rain and fishing really begin moving upriver.
  • Town Lake has been getting small stockings of surplus summer steelhead.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

Town Lake has received a couple small stockings of surplus summer steelhead. This a unique fishing opportunity, these fish can get fairly active in the lake and will hit lures or flies aggressively.

Cape Meares Lake, Hebo Lake, South Lake, Town Lake, Coffenbury, Lost and Sunset lakes all received trophy trout stockings in mid-September. These are really nice trout, usually in the 2–3 pound range. This was the last scheduled stocking for the year.

Most of the North Coast lakes received 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 “holdover” 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 are slowing down for the year as water temperatures cool down.

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: winter steelhead,

Anglers have caught the first few winter steelhead on the Alsea River. It has been slow and the few fish being caught have been in the lower portions of the river. The popular NF Alsea fishery needs some rain to get the fish up higher in the system. Expect some fish to show up with the next big rain event which is forecasted to arrive next week. Until then, look for  most of the fish to be in the lower river.

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 will reopen on May 22, 2020.

KILCHIS RIVER: fall Chinook, steelhead

The Kilchis is low and Chinook fishing is slow. Some Chinook have moved up, but in small numbers. That said, the Kilchis has one of the later Chinook runs on the North Coast and therefore is one of the better bets for Chinook this late in the season.

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).

The Kilchis is a mostly wild fish river for steelhead, and as such won’t really kick off until late December. It will also take some rain to get fish moving in.

The catch-and-release fishery for chum salmon is over; there are still a lot of chum around, but they are actively spawning, so anglers should do their best to avoid them and their redds (spawning nests).

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NECANICUM RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

Fall Chinook fishing is slowing down for the year; there’s a few fish around but most of these fish will probably be dark and more interested in spawning than biting.

It’s still early for steelhead, but the Necanicum does get an early run of hatchery steelhead. The river is low and clear making for challenging fishing conditions, but for anglers wanting to get an early start on steelhead fishing this is one of the better places to try on the north coast this early in the season. Small presentations, dark colors, and light line will provide the best chance of success under these low, clear water conditions.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing is slow, and is mostly done for the season.

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. The ocean closesd to salmon fishing Oct. 31.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER steelhead

A few steelhead have been caught on the North Fork, but the water is low, clear, and cold making for challenging fishing conditions and not much fish movement. Numbers will be small for now, but if you are wanting to be one of the first to catch a winter steelhead on the North coast, than fishing the North Fork after a rain and while the river is dropping is probably your best bet.

Hatchery coho are mostly done, and Chinook will be winding down as well.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

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

The first winter steelhead of the season returned to the Cedar Creek Hatchery last week, and although numbers will be small there are probably a few early returning hatchery fish starting to show up in Three Rivers and the lower Nestucca. The water is low, clear, and cold, so fishing conditions are challenging. Small presentations, dark colors, and light line will provide the best chance of success under these low, clear water conditions.

Fall Chinook should definitely be winding down with the majority of fish on the spawning grounds by now. That said, we’ve seen bright Chinook come out of the Nestucca all the way into December, but it will be low numbers.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

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: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is open on the Salmon River and will pick up once we get some much-needed rain. The majority of the winter steelhead on the Salmon River are wild and the run usually peaks around mid-December through February. Expect the first few winter steelhead to show up after the next big rain event.

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.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead are starting to show up in the Siletz River. The low water and cold temperatures are not ideal conditions but a few fish are starting to move up the river. The next big rain event expected next week \ should kick off the winter steelhead season on the Siletz. With the next big rain event, fish will be found throughout the river from the gorge down to the head of tidewater.

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.

SILTCOOS & TAHKENITCH LAKES: Coho

Coho fishing has been slow in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch so far this year. The dry, clear and cold weather pattern will slow the number of fish coming into the lakes. Fishing should pick up when the next big rain storm is expected to arrive next week. After the next big rain, fishing should improve and be good through December. 

***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: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead typically show up on the Siuslaw River in December and peak January through February. The next significant rain event will have fish on the move headed upriver to the popular Whitaker Creek fishery on the Siuslaw River. Time to get the steelhead gear out for the season.

Lake Creek opened for winter steelhead fishing on Dec. 1. Expect the steelhead fishing to be slow until we get some rain to bring in more fish. Fall chinook retention remains closed on Lake Creek for the remainder of the season.

****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.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook

Chinook fishing on Tillamook Bay is slow and pressure is light. While we are definitely well past the peak of the fall run, Tillamook Bay is known to get some late fish (mostly headed for the Kilchis and Wilson Rivers) and there will be a few fresh Chinook moving through well into December.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, steelhead

It’s an in between time of year on the Trask. Chinook and coho are mostly done, steelhead haven’t quite started yet. There’s always a chance of catching a late Chinook or an early steelhead, but numbers are going to be very low right now.

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 season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

Closed from the marker at the Dam Hole (mp 7 on Trask River road) up to Blue Ridge Creek Sept. 1 – Nov. 30.

For anglers planning to fish the Trask River at the popular “hatchery hole,” 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: steelhead

Effective Dec.7 through the end of the year, the Wilson River will close to Chinook fishing. See more information about the need for this closure.

The Wilson’s popular winter steelhead run doesn’t really start to show up in any consistent numbers until we get into December, but if you’re feeling lucky there’s always a chance of getting an early fish. That said, for the time being numbers will be very low.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead is open on the Yaquina and Big Elk systems for the season. With the next big rain, winter steelhead will start to show up in the Yaquina/Big Elk systems. January through March is the typical peak for winter steelhead in the Yaquina/Big Elk.

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.