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Effective 9/19 to 12/31, Chinook and coho retention are open from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 bridge.

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.

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Northwest Zone

Regulation Updates

 Regulation Updates as of  June 11, 2020

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

There will be no wild coho fisheries in coastal bays and rivers for 2020. Hatchery coho can be retained during open Chinook fisheries.

2020 Summer/Fall Regulation Changes 

NW Zone Salmon Fisheries
Necanicum River, Nehalem River and Bay (including North Fork Nehalem River),
Tillamook Bay/Rivers, Nestucca River (incl. Little Nestucca River & Three Rivers) and Salmon River
No changes. Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations apply.
Siletz River South to Siuslaw River
Period Date Bag Limits Closure Areas
SILETZ RIVER AND BAY (incl. Drift Creek and Schooner Creek)
May 1 through July 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon for the period.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
   
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period
in aggregate with all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
YAQUINA RIVER (incl. Big Elk Creek); ALSEA RIVER (incl. Drift Creek)
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon daily / five (5) for the period
in aggregate with all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
YACHATS RIVER  
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may be harvested from the Yachats River for the period. Wild Chinook Salmon harvested from the Yachats River count as part of the aggregate adult wild Chinook Salmon limit for the period and all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day. 
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
SIUSLAW RIVER, including North Fork Siuslaw
August 1 through December 31 Two (2) adult salmon or steelhead per day;
no more than one (1) adult wild Chinook Salmon may be harvested from the Siuslaw River or the North Fork Siuslaw River for the period.  Wild Chinook harvested from the Siuslaw River count as part of the aggregate adult wild Chinook limit for the period and all waters from the Siletz River south to the Siuslaw River.
Five (5) jack salmon per day.
Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.
LAKE CREEK (tributary to the Siuslaw River) 
August 1 through December 31 Closed to salmon angling Permanent rules as shown in the 2020 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

SILETZ RIVER

  • Effective May 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, no more than 1 wild Chinook may be harvested from the mouth of the Siletz River to Moonshine Park.

For more information contact your local ODFW office:

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

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The hatchery fish was caught on the Clackamas.
This hatchery steelhead was caught on the Clackamas right near the hatchery back in July. Photo of and provided by Jon Bowers.

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LAKES, PONDS, RESERVOIRS

Trout fishing on north coast lakes is starting to pick back up as cold nights and rain cool water temperatures and make trout more active. Several north coast lakes received stockings of “trophy trout” last week; these are 2 to 4 pound fish which are really fun to fight on light gear.

Warmwater fisheries should be starting to slow on the North coast, but will still be active into October.

Wild Coho fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes will get going soon in October and provide a unique opportunity to catch a Coho in a coastal lake.

Lakes and ponds to fish this week:

  • Coffenbury, Lost, Sunset, Cape Mears and Town lakes all received stockings of “trophy” trout last week, and these fish should be hungry and active. 9/23/20
  • In Cape Mears Lake, Lake Lytle, Vernonia Pond, Coffenbury Lake and Cullaby lake, warmwater fish are still biting. 9/16/20
  • Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes (Florence area) are still some of the best warmwater fishing opportunities as well as good trout fishing for stocked trout and resident cutthroat on the mid-coast. 9/16/20

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Fall Chinook fishing is picking up on north coast bays. Nehalem, Tillamook and Nestucca bays are all producing fish on a regular basis, although some days are better than others.

Most of the action is still in tidewater where trolling herring or spinners, casting spinners, or bobber fishing bait are all proven techniques. The first heavy rains of the fall are predicted for this week, and if that freshet happens it’s likely there will be Chinook moving into the lower Rivers above tidewater.

Summer steelhead fishing is often overlooked in the fall, but this is a good time to target them as rainfall and cooler temperatures can make fish that were lock-jawed during the summer more active. Although these fish have been in the river for a while, they’re not going to spawn until December and January, so they’re still in good shape.

Fall Chinook fishing continues to improve and has been decent in all of the mid-coast rivers. Many of the fish that were staging in the lowest portions of the tidewater have moved up into the middle and upper reaches of the estuary. Fish are now distributed throughout the tidewater from the mouths up to the head of tide. This week’s rain will move some fish up out of the estuary and into the rivers.

Summer steelhead fishing on the Siletz continues to be slow with very little pressure but will pick up with the recent rains. These fall rains stir things up and get the summer steelhead back on the bite

Cutthroat fishing is open on the mid- and north coast streams, and the majority of steams have cutthroat available throughout and stay open until Oct. 31. (Be sure to check the regulations for open streams, bait restrictions and closures.)

Rivers and streams to fish this week:

  • Nestucca, Tillamook, and Nehalem bays are all producing Fall Chinook. Fish are being caught regularly throughout the bays and tidewaters; although the daily bite can be sporadic. 9/23/20
  • North coast Rivers should see the start of the fall Chinook migration above tidewater if we get the rains and resulting freshet that is predicted. 9/23/20
  • Nestucca and Wilson rivers have hatchery summer steelhead throughout the system and this week’s rains could revitalize these fisheries. 9/16/20
  • The Siletz River summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow but there is little to no pressure and these fish get “grabby” again when the water temps cool down and we get some fall rain. 9/9/20
  • All of the North Coast Rivers and streams have healthy cutthroat populations and decent fishing opportunity. Resting pool counts last week observed cutthroat throughout the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers; although numbers were down from the last couple years. 9/2/20
  • All of the coast streams along the mid-coast -- including Salmon River, Yaquina/Big Elk Rivers, Siletz River, Alsea River, and the Siuslaw River -- have good populations of cutthroat trout. Many of the larger sea-run cutthroat move up into the rivers this time of year and follow the fall salmon migration and spawning. This is a great time to target these larger sea-run cutthroat trout. 9/9/20

RECENTLY STOCKED

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.

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 and Vernonia Lake.

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 and Woahink Lake.

The first week of June was the last stocking week for the mid-coast lakes but there are still trout in all of the stocked lakes and these lakes will continue to produce trout throughout the summer.

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.

2020 wildfire effects on fishing: Check before you go

ODFW can’t tell you whether to go fishing or not. We will try to steer you to information about fire closures, access issues and air quality considerations so you can make an informed decision about whether to go.

You’ll now find all wildfire information related to hunting, fishing and recreating, on both public and private land, in one central location on MyODFW.com. This page will be updated frequently, so be sure to check again before you go.

Tips to recreate responsibly

We continue to urge anglers and others recreating outside to stay close to home, keep your social distance, and travel safely. Here’s more information about how to recreate responsibly.

No wild coho fisheries this year

A reminder that there are no wild coho fisheries in coastal rivers and streams this year. However, hatchery coho may be retained during open Chinook fisheries. We are getting some reports of large wild coho in the bays, which must be released, so be sure of your identification. Need a little refresher on your ID skills? You’ll find one here.

Special fall Chinook regulations for mid-coast rivers

Beginning Aug.1, special regulations for fall Chinook go into effect on many mid-coast streams, including the Alsea, Siletz, Siulsaw, Yachats and Yaquina.

Trask River

  • Closed from the marker at the Dam hole (MP 7 on Trask River Rd) up to Blue Ridge Creek Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.
  • From 200 feet above and 900 feet below Trask Hatchery is closed July 16 to Oct. 15. This stretch includes the hatchery hole.

Three Rivers from the hatchery weir to the mouth is closed July 16 to Sept. 30.

UPDATES BY WATERBODY

ALSEA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be decent on the Alsea River. Many of the fish staging in the lower estuary have moved up into the upper portions of the tidewater where anglers are catching them on bobbers and trolling. This week’s rain will stir things up and get fish moving throughout the estuary and pushed up to the head of tide.

Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Alsea River is 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Remember, due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Alsea River is 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open on the Alsea River until Oct. 31. Many of the larger sea-run cutthroat move up into the rivers this time of year following the salmon migration and spawning. This is a great time to target these often overlooked fish. Last updated 9/23/20.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook

The Kilchis is still really low and clear, but this week’s rain might be enough to bring in a few fall Chinook. For the most part this river peaks later for Chinook. Last updated 9/23/20.

NECANICUM: Chinook

With rain predicted this week, we should see the start of the fall Chinook migration into this small river. Last updated 9/23/20.

NEHALEM BAY and RIVER: Chinook, coho

Fishing on Nehalem bay has been fair with Chinook being caught throughout the bay. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, the bag limit for wild Chinook changed to 2 per day and 10 per year as part of the North Coast aggregate. With rain and the first real freshet of the fall predicted for this week, we should see a push of Chinook into the river.

There is a hatchery coho release into the North Fork of the Nehalem and these fish are  coming through the bay now as well. They’ll also be moving into the river with the rain. There have been some big wild coho observed, which must be released, so be sure of your identification.

NESTUCCA RIVER: Chinook, steelhead, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing in Nestucca Bay continues to be fair to good, especially in the upper tidewater. A freshet predicted for this week will likely move the first push of fish into the River above Cloverdale.

Summer steelhead fishing should start picking up as we get into the fall. The rain and change in temperatures can get fish that have been holding and lock-jawed more active, and increase the odds of hooking up. The upper river seems to be holding the most fish, but there are fish throughout the system. 

Sea-run cutthroat should be available throughout the Nestucca and Little Nestucca basins.

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. Last updated 9/23/20.

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing has also picked up on the Salmon River. Anglers are now catching fish trolling at the mouth all the way up to the head of tide. This week’s rain should have fish on the move and headed to the hatchery if the river sees a significant rise. Last updated 9/23/20.

SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead fishing is still slow but should pick up this week with the first fall rains coming. These fall rains stir things up and get the summer steelhead “grabby” again.

Fall Chinook fishing continues to improve on the Siletz River. Fish are now spread out from the mouth up to the head of tide and will be on the move this week with the forecasted rain. Expect fish numbers to keep increasing through September and into October.

Due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Siletz River is 1 wild chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open in the Siletz basin and good trout fishing opportunities will remain through the summer months.

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. Last updated 9/23/20.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout, fall Chinook

Fall Chinook fishing picked up last week on the Siuslaw and anglers are catching fish from the mouth up to the middle portions of the estuary. Fishing has been best in the lower portions of the estuary around Cushman. Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced. The bag limit for the Siuslaw River is 1 wild Chinook per day and 1 per year for the 2020 season.

Trout fishing opened in the Siuslaw basin (including Lake Creek) on May 22 and has great opportunities to catch a trout throughout the summer months. Last updated 9/23/20.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fall Chinook fishing is definitely on in Tillamook Bay, with fish being caught both in the upper and lower bay. Although the bites are sporadic, there are fish being caught daily. Rains predicted for this week should move fish from the lower bay to the upper bay, and move fish from upper tidewater into the lower rivers, and there are still new fish coming in. Trolling herring is popular in the lower bay, while the upper bay tends to be more of a spinner fishery.

Hatchery coho are in the bay as well, and there is some opportunity to catch them. Just remember that coho must be adipose-fin clipped to be retained. We’ve gotten some reports of large wild coho being caught, so be sure of your coho vs Chinook identification. Last updated 9/23/20.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The majority of the Chinook opportunity is still in the tidewater, but if this week’s rains fall as predicted we should see a decent push into the river.  This coming weekend should be a good opportunity to hit the lower river.

Coho have been returning to Trask River hatchery, and this week’s rain may bring in a good push. So, there should be more fishing opportunity for coho (adipose-fin clipped only) as well.

Coastal cutthroat trout numbers were down on the Trask this year, according to resting pool counts that were completed recently by ODFW, but there are still fish around. The upper river including the North and South forks provide some of the best bank access, and cooler water temperatures up there may keep fish more active.

The Trask River does not have a summer steelhead release, but it isn’t that uncommon to find a Wilson River fish in the Trask, several were observed during recent resting pool counts. Last updated 9/23/20.

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.

WILSON RIVER: Chinook, steelhead, cutthroat trout

The Wilson is predicted to come up almost a foot with this week’s rains; that should be enough to start a few Chinook upstream.

Summer steelhead fishing has been slow should pick up with this week’s rain and provide a good opportunity. The rain and change in temperatures can get fish that have been holding and lock-jawed more active, and increase the odds of hooking up. Also, most of the swimming recreation activity has let up, so fish shouldn’t be as spooked.

During recent resting pool counts, the number of summer steelhead in the Wilson River was up slightly from last year, but still well below the 10-year average. The majority of fish observed were in the upper river.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has also picked up on the Yaquina River. Anglers are catching fish from the lower portions of the estuary all the way up to Elk City. Anglers are catching fish trolling in the lower portions and bobber fishing in the upper portions. The forecasted rain this week should have fish on the move throughout the estuary.

Anglers are reminded that due to low forecasted returns for the 2020 season bag limits have been reduced on the Yaquina/Big Elk Rivers. The bag limit for the Yaquina/Big Elk is 1 wild Chinook per day and 5 per year for the 2020 season. Last updated 9/23/20.