FISHING REPORT: 9-17-15

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat
Cutthroat fishing should be fair. Sea-run cutthroat should be available in good numbers in tidewater areas and are moving to upstream areas. Water levels are low and clear so use very light gear. Paving at the entrance to Parks Landing boat launch was completed recently and the boat ramp is accessible. However, repairs to concrete planks in the boat ramp are scheduled to occur between in mid-September. Access to the boat ramp be restricted during the work.
NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, cutthroat, coho
Fishing for Chinook is fair to good. Some hatchery coho are being caught also. Water temperatures are warm, so incoming tides may produce the best bites as cooler ocean water pushes in. Fish are available in the lower bay up to Nehalem, with increasing numbers of fish moving to upper tidewater areas. Troll herring or spinners near the bottom, or bobber fish in upper tidewater.
Sea-run cutthroat can be caught throughout the bay and tidewater areas, and further upstream. Troll or cast small lures or flies along the channel margins or in areas of cover, such as logs or woody debris.
The Nehalem Bay and River is closed to the retention of wild (non-finclipped) coho salmon this year.
NESTUCCA RIVER & THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat
Fall Chinook fishing is fair and improving in the bay. Trolling herring near the mouth is producing fish, with bobber/bait and spinners producing near Pacific City. Steelhead fishing is slow. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair to good. Three Rivers is closed to all fishing downstream of the hatchery. The bay and tidewater below Cloverdale will be open to the retention of wild coho on Sundays and Mondays only until Nov 2. One adult wild coho per season may be kept.
TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho
Fishing for Chinook and hatchery coho is fair to good. Trolling herring or spinners are the two most popular techniques. Casting spinners can be productive at times in some of the mid-bay channels. The bay will be open to wild coho retention (1 adult wild coho for the season) on Fridays and Saturdays only, Sept. 18 – Oct. 31.
TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat
Fall Chinook are available in tidewater in increasing numbers. A few hatchery coho are making their way through tidewater and into the lower river also. An occasional summer steelhead is still being caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good. The hatchery hole area is closed to all fishing through Oct. 15. Anglers are reminded that the Dam Hole (near MP 7 on Trask River Road) is closed through November.
Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.
WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat
Summer steelhead fishing is slow. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair. Use lighter gear for best results as the water is extremely low and clear. Fall Chinook angling in tidewater is slow as relatively few fish are present yet.






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