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The Oregon coast from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco is now open to razor clamming. 4./12/19

Beginning April 16, 2019, all sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release will be prohibited.

Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of April 17, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see
e-regulations for permanent regulations.

There are no regulation updates in the NW Zone at this time.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Late season hatchery steelhead are still available on the Nestucca and Wilson rivers, but the numbers are dwindling quickly. Many smaller streams closed to steelhead fishing on March 31, so check the regulations before you go.
  • The Siletz should be in prime shape for the weekend, and steelhead anglers are catching a good mix of wild and hatchery steelhead.
  • Ollala Resevoir has been re-opened and fish are scheduled to be stocked this week.
  • The week of April 15 is a big week for trout stocking in the NW Zone. Waterbodies getting fish include: Sutton Lake, Buck Lake, Alder Lake, Olalla Reservoir, Perkins Lake, Siltcoos Lake and Lagoon, Town Lake, Mercer Lake, Big Cree reservoirs 1 & 2, North Lake, Georgia Lake, Dune Lake, Hebo Lake, Munsel Lake and South Lake.
  • There will be a free Family Fishing Event at Hebo Lake on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ODFW staff and volunteers will show you everything you need to know to go fishing – from baiting the hook to landing you catch. Heck, we’ll even loan you the gear you need.

2019 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

North Coast trout stockings began the middle of March, and almost all of the North Coast lakes have been stocked. One exception is South Lake, which was snowed in. It will be stocked soon. (Check links below for stocking schedules). Conditions for trout are pretty good, and these fish should be hungry, so go catch them! Surplus hatchery steelhead have been stocked in Town Lake, Vernonia Pond, and most recently Coffenbury Lake. These fish get fairly active once in the lake, and can create a unique fishing experience. Almost 200 have been released into Town Lake, 60 have been released in Vernonia Pond, 120 went into Coffenbury and 100 went into Lost Lake so far this winter. Additional fish will be stocked as available.

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 will begin the first week of February. Check the stocking schedule online for dates and locations of stockings. These early stockings include: Alder and Dune Lake, Cleawox, Lost Lake, Munsel Lake, Thissel Pond, Mercer Lake, Big Creek Reservoirs, Ollala Reservoir and Devils Lake.

Note: Ollala Resevoir has been re-opened and fish are scheduled to be stocked this week, check the stocking schedule for future stockings.

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

Winter steelhead fishing has been slow on the Alsea River and on the popular NF Alsea bank fishery. The river is in prime shape after the high water but the fishing continues to be slow. The Alsea River remains open for steelhead through the month of April but will close on April 30. Even though the fishing has been slow there are still a few bright fish around.

The later returning right maxillary clipped fish will continue to return through the month of March and into April. The earlier returning left maxillary clipped fish are past peak and numbers will continue to decrease for the rest of the season.

The Alsea still gets a good number of the early returning fish that peaks in December and January, as well as a later stock that peaks in February and March. Expect more fish to show up with each rise in the river level from now through April. Bobber fishing with jigs/bait, drift fishing, and casting lures are all effective ways to catch these hard fighting fish.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

The winter steelhead run is winding down, with most fish actively spawning. Please handle wild steelhead carefully.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

NECANICUM RIVER: steelhead

The Necanicum closed to steelhead fishing on March 31 to protect wild spawning steelhead.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Catch-and-release fishing for winter steelhead should be fair. Water levels are on the high side, but dropping.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. Most fish are actively spawning or spawned out and headed back downstream.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook

Winter steelhead fishing is winding down as few fresh fish are still coming in. A few early summer steelhead are beginning to show up. No reports of spring Chinook yet, but an early one could show up anytime.

Anglers are reminded that the Nestucca River above Moon Creek (located at Blaine) closed to steelhead fishing on March 31 to protect wild spawning steelhead.

Three Rivers should continue to fish this weekend, but the main Nestucca is probably a better bet for bright fish.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

SALMON RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing closed on the Salmon River on March 31.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has improved on the Siletz after some much needed rain. The river has been high and off color for over a week but is in prime shape this week. Both bank and boat anglers are catching some nice bright fish mixed in with darker fish and some spawned out fish. Fishing should be good through the week and into the weekend as the flows continue to drop and the river has a good green color. The Siletz River is open year-round for steelhead and we should start seeing the first few summer steelhead by the end of April and the beginning of May. Anglers are catching a good mix of hatchery and wild fish.

April is the peak month for spawning steelhead, remember to use good ethics and leave spawning steelhead alone to ensure future returns. January is typically when things heat up and continue through March/April. Side drifting, bobber dogging, bobber fishing with jigs, and casting lures are all great techniques to catch winter 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.

SILTCOOS & TAHKENITCH LAKES: warmwater species

Warmwater fishing is starting to get going on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes. The recent warm weather is warming up the water and getting the warmwater fish more active. These fish will start heading into the shallows for the spring spawn creating good fishing opportunities.

SIUSLAW RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing closed on the Siuslaw and Lake Creek on March 31 for the remainder of the season. 

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

Fishing for steelhead is slowing down as the run winds down.

Although it is still very early, we did get a report of the first spring Chinook being landed on the Trask already.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

A few winter steelhead are still available, along with the occasional early summer steelhead. No reports of any spring Chinook yet.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead closed on the Yaquina and Big Elk on March 31.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.