What’s Fishin’ In NW OR

(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE WEEKLY RECREATION REPORT)

NORTH COAST LAKES

Coffenbury, Cullaby, Lost, Sunset, Vernonia, Cape Meares, Smith, Tahoe, Spring, Lytle, South, Town, and Hebo lakes, and Lorens Pond and Nedonna Pond were stocked with legal size rainbow trout last week.

Surplus hatchery steelhead have been released in Cape Meares Lake, Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, Lorens Pond, and Vernonia Pond earlier this winter.

MID COAST LAKES

Trout stocking is now in full swing for the season. Most water bodies will be stocked this week. Be sure to check the online stocking report for specific weeks and lakes to be stocked. Many lakes have or will be will stocked with trophy-sized trout.

ALSEA RIVER: winter steelhead

Winter steelhead angling is slow. Most hatchery fish are in the upper sections of the basin. Wild fish can offer fair catch rates this time of year.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead angling is fair. Recent rains raised the river and brought some fresh fish upstream. The river is dropping and clearing quickly. Use lighter gear and fish the deeper slots for the best results.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead angling in the main stem Nehalem should be good when conditions allow. The river is high after recent rains. Fishing should hold up through April.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead

Steelhead angling has been fair to good as the river drops after recent rains. Fish are spread out in the river system. Look for a mixture of hatchery and wild fish. Drifting lures or bait near the bottom has been productive. Spinners are generally a good bet in the upper river also. As the river drops and clears, bobber and jigs will become more effective.

SALMON RIVER: winter steelhead

Native winter steelhead typically return through March. Fair to good numbers of wild winter steelhead should be in the river this time of year.

SILETZ RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead angling is slow to fair. Hatchery fish can be found throughout the mainstem but the majority are in the upper river. Wild fish typically make up the bulk of the catch rate this time of year.

SIUSLAW RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead angling is slowing. Most fish are now in spawning condition. Fish can be found throughout the basin with fair numbers of hatchery fish around the Whittaker Creek area. Good numbers of native steelhead can also be found throughout much of the basin.

TILLAMOOK BAY: sturgeon

Angling for sturgeon has been slow. Concentrate on the channel edges on the outgoing tides or the first part of the incoming, with sand shrimp the preferred bait. Move around often to find fish if you are not getting bites.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead angling is fair to good. Fish are spread out through the river after recent rains. A few hatchery fish are being caught, but expect mostly wild fish in the catch.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead angling is fair to good. Fishing conditions were marginal after recent rains, but the river is dropping. Boaters on the lower river have done well side drifting. Drift fishing or bobber and jigs have produced for bank anglers.

YAQUINA RIVER: winter steelhead

Steelhead angling is slow in Big Elk Creek. Fair to good catch and release native steelhead fishing should continue through the month.

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