FISHING REPORT

NORTH COAST LAKES

Warm water fishing is slow. Coffenbury, Cullaby, Sunset, Lytle, Cape Meares, and Town lakes, and Vernonia Pond all offer opportunity for largemouth bass. Weed growth and water quality may make fishing challenging in some areas.

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat, Chinook

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. A few fall Chinook may be starting to enter tidewater areas.

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: Chinook, cutthroat, coho

Fishing for Chinook is fair to good. Some hatchery coho are being caught also. 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 AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fall Chinook fishing is fair to good in the bay. Trolling herring near the mouth is producing fish, with bobber/bait and spinners producing near Pacific City and into upper tidewater areas. Steelhead fishing is slow to fair, with some decent bites coinciding with recent rain events.

Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair to good. The bay and tidewater below Cloverdale will be open to the retention of wild coho on Sundays and Mondays only, from Sept. 20-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. Fish are being caught throughout the bay. Casting spinners for hatchery coho can be productive at times in some of the mid-bay channels. The bay is open to wild coho retention (1 adult wild coho for the season) on Fridays and Saturdays only, through 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. The 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 will improve over the coming weeks as more fish arrive.






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