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Includes all hunter education classes/field days, workshops, Family Fishing events and other volunteer-led events. 

Steelhead closes early to protect poor Chinook return.

Effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. the Columbia River will close to all salmon and steelhead fishing.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Effective Feb 1 through June 30, 2020, retention of hatchery Chinook salmon is allowed on the mainstem Umpqua River.  Retention of wild Chinook salmon is prohibited.

Recreation Report

Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation Updates as of  April 1, 2020

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

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

Recreation Report

We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

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!

Photo submission form

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • To help protect you and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, take the following precautions when fishing: follow social distancing guidelines when bank fishing, only fish from a boat with other members of your household, carry your own hand sanitizer or soap/water, and, if a place is crowded, go somewhere else.
  • Steelhead fishing has picked up on the Alsea thanks to much needed rain.
  • On the Siletz, steelhead fishing also has improved but with all boat launches on the river currently closed, access will be challenging.
  • North coast rivers should be in good shape for the weekend, but access is limited on many.

TROUT STOCKING MAP

Fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing remain open

Access may be tricky – know before you go

Fishing and hunting remain open. However, access to fishing and hunting opportunities (including boat launches and campgrounds) is managed by a variety of local, state and federal land management agencies. We encourage you to check on access before you go.

City and county parks
Check the website of the local parks department for access information.

State agencies
Oregon State Parks have closed all parks and recreation areas. This does not include the ocean shore.
Oregon Department of Forestry manages Oregon state forests.
Oregon State Marine Board has an interactive map showing the locations of boat launches/ramps and who owns them. Use this information to contact the owner about access.

Federal agencies 
US Forest Service has shut down developed recreation sites, but lands remain open.
BLM has closed developed recreation sites, but lands remain open.
US Army Corps of Engineers has closed access, trailheads and improved recreation sites in several locations.

Trout stocking schedule offline

We have taken down the online trout stocking schedule in order to prevent public crowding at waterbodies when we deliver hatchery fish. We will continue stocking trout but we will deliver on a slightly different schedule and at some different locations to avoid a rush of anglers showing up along with the hatchery truck.

NOTE: Local ODFW offices do not have access to the trout stocking schedule either.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Lost Lake (Clatsop County) access. Lost Lake Road will be closed beginning Monday, March 23 from Lower Nehalem Rd. to Milepost 2 due to logging operations. The road closure is expected to remain in effect for the next four weeks.

Alternate access is available from Hwy 26 via Quartz Creek Rd. to August Fire Rd. and then on to Lost Lake Rd. Road Closed signs will be posted.

Trout stocking of north coast lakes is being adjusted to accommodate the closures of many parks and access points.

These north coast lakes are stocked in spring and/or early summer: 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

* Lost Lake Road will be closed beginning Monday, March 23 from Lower Nehalem Rd. to Milepost 2 due to logging operations. The road closure is expected to remain in effect for the next four weeks. Alternate access is available from Hwy 26 via Quartz Creek Rd. to August Fire Rd. and then on to Lost Lake Rd. Road Closed signs will be posted.

MID COAST LAKES

Stocking of mid-coast lakes are scheduled through spring.

Warmwater fisheries will start up again when we get some warmer weather later this spring.

These mid coast lakes are stocked in spring and/or early summer: ALDER LAKE | BIG CREEK RESERVOIR #1 & #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 picked up on the Alsea River after some much needed rain. Although it is getting late in the season there are still some opportunities to catch a winter steelhead as we head into April. Anglers are catching fish again in the popular NF Alsea fishery and the mainstem will be fishable at the end of the week and into the weekend.

The later returning hatchery fish will continue to move in through the month of March/April and provide opportunities to catch a steelhead.

**Reminder**
No overnight camping is allowed in vehicles around the NF Alsea hatchery in the parking lot or on any of the roads.

The Alsea River receives two different stocks of hatchery steelhead, one “traditional” stock that is an early returner and peaks in December/January and a later returning wild broodstock that peaks January-March. These two stocks combine to provide winter steelhead fishing opportunities from late November through March.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Access may be limited and many boat ramps and campgrounds on the Nehalem have been closed for the time being.

The Nehalem got muddy mid-week, but may green back up by the weekend. There are wild steelhead throughout the system.

Anglers are reminded that the upper Nehalem above the Hwy 26 bridge at Elsie closes to steelhead at the end of the month.

Catching and releasing a big wild winter steelhead is one of the best experiences I know of, but anglers are encouraged to treat these fish with care. The best practices for a good release are to not over fight the fish, and release them as quickly as possible without taking them out of the water.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

NORTH FORK NEHALEM RIVER steelhead

The North Fork was muddy mid-week, but should be in good shape by the weekend. The hatchery run on this river is over, but there are wild steelhead (catch-and-release only) throughout the system.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

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

Access may be limited and many boat ramps and campgrounds on the Nestucca have been closed for the time being.

The Nestucca is predicted to drop into prime shape by the weekend. There are still hatchery and wild steelhead throughout the system.

Anglers are reminded that the upper Nestucca above Moon Creek closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

Three Rivers should be in shape by the end of the week and through the weekend. The early returning Three Rivers hatchery stock are done, but there should still be broodstock hatchery and wild (catch-and-release only) fish available.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation 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:

Fishing closed on the Salmon River on March 31. Trout fishing will open on May 22.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing has picked up on the Siletz after some much needed rain. Boat ramps are closed on the entire river making access tough. Limited bank fishing opportunities are available in the upper portions of the river. The river will be dropping into good shape later this week and into the weekend and will have fish on the move.

Typically, the winter steelhead run can be good for the first few weeks of April and then starts to slow down after that.

Remember to keep wild fish in the water and release immediately after landing to minimize negative impacts to these fish. Winter steelhead typically start to how up in December and peak January through March.

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.

SIUSLAW RIVER:

Fishing closed on the Siuslaw and Lake Creek on March 31. Trout fishing in streams will open on May 22.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

Access may be limited and many boat ramps and campgrounds on the Trask have been closed for the time being.

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 The

The Trask will be in prime shape by the weekend. This is mostly a wild fish river, but there are steelhead throughout the system.

Anglers are reminded that the forks closed to steelhead fishing on April 1.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

Access may be limited and many boat ramps and campgrounds on the Wilson have been closed for the time being.

The Wilson is on the drop and should be in prime shape late this week and fish well through the weekend. There are still hatchery and wild steelhead throughout the system.

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

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Fishing closed on the Yaquina/Big Elk on March 31. Trout fishing in streams will open on May 22.