Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of April 17, 2018

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

NESTUCCA BASIN AND BAY: includes Little Nestucca River

  • Beginning May 1 through July 31, the use of two fishing rods is allowed while fishing for both hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2-Rod validation is required.
  • Only a single rod can be used when angling for any other game and non-game fish species.
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.

TILLAMOOK BAY: includes Tillamook Bay, Kilchis, Miami, Tillamook, Trask, and Wilson rivers

  • Beginning May 1 through July 31, the use of two fishing rods is allowed while fishing for both hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead.
  • 2-Rod validation is required.
  • Only a single rod can be used when angling for any other game and non-game fish species.
  • Youth anglers under 12 years of age may use two rods in these areas without purchasing the Two-Rod Angling Validation.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

  • Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741
  • Newport Field Office 541-265-8306, ext. 224
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Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • There are still some steelhead to be caught on the Nestucca, Nehalem, Trask and Wilson rivers.
  • Trout stocking is picking up on the North Coast with Coffenberry, Lost, Sunset and Hebo lakes scheduled to be stocked this week.
  • Several Mid Coast lakes are scheduled to be stocked this week, including Buck, Big Creek reservoirs 1 & 2, Georgia, Lost, Siltcoos (Lake), Alder, Sutton, Dune, Olalla, Perkins, Munsel, Cleawox and Mercer.

2018 STOCKING SCHEDULE AND STOCKING MAP

NORTH COAST LAKES

Most district lakes have been stocked this spring. Coffenbury, Lost, and Sunset lakes are scheduled to be stocked the week of April 16, along with Hebo Lake. A family fishing event is scheduled for Hebo Lake on Saturday, April 21.

The new fishing dock at Cape Meares Lake was recently completed and is open to public use.

South Lake has yet to be stocked because there is no access due to snow. The lake will be stocked when the snow recedes.

Check the 2018 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

Mid coast lakes stocking schedule for this year is posted online. Stocking of mid coast lakes began in February. Siltcoos Lagoon will not be stocked this year due to continued low dissolved oxygen. Trout scheduled to be released in Siltcoos Lagoon will be diverted to Cleawox Lake. 

Check the 2018 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: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. Best opportunities for hatchery fish are in the upper river near Alsea Hatchery. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing should be fair on the Kilchis while water conditions are good. The river will drop and clear quickly, which will make fishing more challenging. There are still wild fish available throughout the system for catch-and-release. Remember to watch for and avoid spawning beds (redds).

NECANICUM RIVER:

Steelhead fishing closed April 1. The river will reopen for trout fishing on May 22, 2018.

NEHALEM RIVER:  steelhead

The Nehalem mainstem can fish well in April, and there are wild steelhead available for catch and release throughout the system. Remember to watch for and avoid spawning beds (redds). The river is closed to fishing upstream of Hwy 26.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing closed April 1. The river will reopen for trout fishing on May 22, 2018.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS:  steelhead, spring Chinook

Water levels are high at this time, but with drier weather predicted the river should be in good shape soon. Although pressure is letting up, there is still good fishing to be had on the Nestucca. There are still hatchery and wild winter steelhead throughout the system, along with a few early summer steelhead. Float fishing jigs, beads, or bait, drift fishing, nymphing, and swinging flies or spinners are all good techniques. A few steelhead should be available in Three Rivers also.

No reports of spring Chinook yet, but there could be one any day now. The bay will be the most productive early in the season.

Anglers are reminded that the upper Nestucca River from Moon Creek (near Blaine) to Elk Creek, closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

SALMON RIVER:

The Salmon River closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

SALMONBERRY RIVER:

Closed to steelhead fishing April 1.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. Recent rains have blown out the river but the river should improve by the end of the week. A mix of wild and hatchery fish are being caught when conditions allow. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

*Note: The 3.5 mile bridge (aka Steel Bridge) in the Siletz gorge is NOW 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. 

SIUSLAW RIVER:

Winter steelhead fishing closed on April 1.

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

No reports of spring Chinook yet. Some fish should be entering the bay in small numbers.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

There are still steelhead available in the Trask throughout April. This is mostly a wild fish river, although some hatchery strays are caught. Float fishing jigs, beads, or bait, drift fishing, nymphing, and swinging flies or spinners are all good techniques.

Anglers are reminded that the North and South Forks of the Trask closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

No reports of spring Chinook yet, but the first fish or two should be caught any time now.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook

Steelhead fishing on the Wilson should be fair to good when water levels recede from the recent storms. Hatchery and wild winter steelhead, and a few early hatchery summer steelhead are in the river. Many of the winter steelhead are getting dark, but there should still be some late bright fish. Float fishing jigs, beads, or bait, drift fishing, nymphing, and swinging flies or spinners are all good techniques.

A few spring Chinook will begin to show in the river over the next few weeks.

Anglers are reminded that the Little North Fork of the Wilson, and the South Fork Wilson closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The Big Elk closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.