What’s Fishin’ In Oregon 10-20-10

Ripped straight from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report, here’s what’s fishing around Oregon:


  • Empire and Saunders lakes have been stocked with trout this month and should offer some good fall fishing.
  • Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Reservoir are offering fine fall fishing for trout.
  • Trout fishing on Diamond Lake has been outstanding. But you’d better hurry, the lake closes to fishing Nov. 1.
  • Summer steelhead fishing is picking up on the middle Rogue River.


  • Alsea River:Angling is fair to good for fall chinook up to the deadline at Five Rivers. Look for the next couple rain events to increase catch rates above tidewater. Trolling herring or lures in the lower river and bay or bobber and bait in upper tide water can produce fish. Fishing an incoming tide tends to be the most productive. The Cutthroat trout season is nearly over for the year. Angling is fair to good throughout most of the mainstem.
  • Kilchis River: A few fall chinook moved upstream with recent rains, but fishing is slow. Fish the lower river or upper tidewater for best results. Cutthroat trout fishing remains fair throughout the river.
  • Necanicum River: Angling for chinook salmon is fair in tidewater. Try bobber and eggs/shrimp, or cast large spinners in the deeper holes.  Some fish are available in upstream areas after recent rains, but fishing is likely to be slow in the clear water. Angling for cutthroat trout is fair throughout the system.
  • Nehalem River: Chinook angling is fair. Trolling herring or spinners in the has been the most productive. Most hatchery coho have moved up the north fork. Angling has been slow to fair in the low water. Small baits or spinners should produce some fish. The Nehalem upstream of the Mohler Bridge is closed to chinook angling for the remainder of the year. Angling in tidewater and upstream areas for sea-run and resident cutthroat trout is fair to good. Small spinners, plugs, or flies are good bets.
  • Nestucca River & Three Rivers: Angling for chinook is slow to fair. Fish are still available in tidewater, but some also moved upstream with recent rains. Concentrate on the deeper holes where fish hold. Bobber and bait, or casting spinners should produce some fish. Check regulations carefully as there are several closure areas and a new bag limit in effect this year. Summer steelhead and a few fall chinook are being caught in Three Rivers, although angling is slow. More rain is needed to get fish moving again. Angling for summer steelhead improved after the last storm. Better flows and cooler water have the fish more active. Spinners or bobber and jig will produce fish. Many fish are in the upper river above Blaine. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair.
  • Salmon River: Anglings for fall chinook is fair in tidewater up into the lower river. Look for catch rates to improve with the next good rain event. Fishing the incoming tide typically produces the best results. The cutthroat trout season is almost over for the year. Fishing is fair to good throughout the river.
  • Siletz River: Fall chinook angling is slow to fair with fish found throughout the open area. Forecasted rains should help improve catch rates over the next week. The wild adult coho fishery is slow to fair with fish found throughout the open area. Steelhead and cutthroat trout fishing is slow to fair in the upper river.
  • Tillamook Bay: Angling for chinook has been fair. Fish are being caught throughout the bay. Trolling herring on the incoming tide in the lower bay is a good bet. Or try trolling spinners or plugs in the upper bay. An occasional hatchery coho is still being caught, mainly in the upper bay, but most fish have moved upstream. Many of the wild coho have been quite large this year causing some anglers to confuse them for chinook.  Make sure to positively identify your fish as to species.  When the ocean cooperates, chinook are being caught trolling herring near the bottom in the terminal area just outside the bay. The ocean, including the terminal area, is closed for coho.


  • Wild redband trout have been biting on the Wood and Williamson rivers.
  • Trout fishing on Pilcher Reservoir has been very good – but hurry. The reservoir closes to fishing on Nov. 1.


  • Trout fishing in many area lakes also has improved as with cooler weather.
  • Hunters should pack a fish rod in with the hunting gear and take advantage of good fall trout fishing in Jubilee Lake, Pendland Lake and the Umatilla/Walla Walla forest ponds.
  • Steelhead fishing has been fair on many area rivers and should improve with some rain and increased flows.


  • Walleye fishing is excellent in the gorge and Troutdale Catch rates for fall chinook remain high for boat anglers in the gorge.
  • Sturgeon retention is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 from Wauna Powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Steelhead anglers are catching a few fish in the Columbia River above the John Day Dam.
  • Bass and walleye anglers should take advantage of the great fall weather and get in a few more fishing trips prior to winter. Bass and walleye are on the bite in the John Day and McNary pools, top water angling for smallmouth can be good all day this time of year!
  • Fall chinook, coho and steelhead numbers are peaking in the Columbia River at the mouth of the Umatilla River. Anglers are casting spinners and plugs for salmon and using bobbers and jigs/bait for steelhead.


  • Sunny weather enticed many anglers to the coast, but big waves kept most off the ocean last week. Those who did brave the big waves were rewarded with limits or near limits of black and blue rockfish. Lingcod were hard to come by, however.




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