Information Courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Mid Coast Lakes
Trout stocking in the mid coast is done for the season. Most water bodies have been stocked multiple times during the spring season and will continue to offer anglers good fishing until water temperatures warm and trout become less active.
Fishing for warm water species is slow during the winter months. Largemouth bass, perch, bluegill and brown bullhead are the most common warm water fish. The Florence area offers the most opportunity along the mid coast such as Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Woahink, Sutton, and Mercer lakes.
Alsea River: trout
Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in the main stem river and other large basin tributaries that are open to fishing such as Fiver Rivers and Drift Creek. Casting small spinners or fly fishing can be very productive in the deeper pools or glides. Sea-run cutthroat trout are just starting to show up. They can be found from the bay up to the lower section of the river above the head of tide. Trolling or casting small lures can be effective.
Kilchis River: trout
Fishing for cutthroat should be fair to good. More sea-run cutthroat will be in tidewater. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31.
Nehalem River: trout, chinook
Angling for trout in the Nehalem River should be fair to good. Sea-run cutthroat are available in the bay and lower river. Troll or cast small spinners along shorelines for best success. Fishing for sea-run trout will continue to improve, with July generally a productive month. Anglers are reminded that no bait is allowed above tidewater through Aug. 31. A few chinook should be entering the bay, with best prospects in the lower bay. Trolling herring should be the best technique.
Nestucca River And Three Rivers: steelhead, chinook
Fishing for summer steelhead has been slow to fair at best. The spring chinook catch has remained fair, with fish available throughout the lower river and in Three Rivers. Gear restrictions are in effect in Three Rivers, where the season has been extended until July 15.
Salmon River: cutthroat trout
Cutthroat trout fishing is fair to good in the mainstem river and other basin tributaries that are open to fishing. Casting small spinners or fly fishing can be very productive in the deeper pools, glides and tide water.
Siletz River: steelhead, cutthroat trout
Summer steelhead fishing is good as steady pulses of fish are migrating up river. Summers can be found from head of tide water up to the fishing deadline with the best fishing in the upper river. Good bank access is from Moonshine Park up to the deadline. The peak of the summer run occurs through July. Cutthroat trout are available through the main stem and other open tributaries such as Drift Creek and Schooner Creek. This is the time of year when sea-run cutthroat trout start showing up in the bay up to the lower river.
Siuslaw River: cutthroat trout
The Siuslaw and Lake Creek basins can provide anglers with fair to good cutthroat trout fishing. Using small spinners or flies in the slower deeper sections and/or by cover can be a productive technique as cutthroat can be aggressive during the early part of the season. Some sea-run cutthroat trout are starting to show up in the bay to mid tidewater area. Trolling small lures can be an effective technique early into the run.
Tillamook Bay: chinook
Spring chinook fishingin the bay has been slowing down as most fish have passed upstream. A few fish are still available, but expect angling to be slow to fair.
Trask River: steelhead, chinook, cutthroat
Spring chinook fishing is fair. There are good numbers of fish, but the water is low and warming up. Anglers are reminded that gear restrictions took effect in portions of the river beginning May 1. This includes the hatchery hole area where ODFW has extended the angling season through July 15. Very few summer steelhead have been reported. Fishing for cutthroat is fair, with some sea-run fish in tidewater. The forks are now closed to angling.
Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet at 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 and spring chinook angling is slow to fair. Relatively low numbers of fish seem to be entering the system, with more spring chinook present than steelhead based on recent reports. Concentrate on the lower river for best success on chinook. Summer steelhead will spread out through the river. Use a little lighter gear as the water is very clear. Angling for cutthroat is fair. Target tidewater for early arriving sea-runs. Flies or small spinners are effective.
Yaquina River: steelhead, cutthroat trout
Cutthroat trout anglers are having fair success fishing above tide water in the Yaquina and Big Elk basins. Sea-run cutthroat trout are starting to show up and the mid to upper tidewater area can be a good place to target them. Bait is not allowed above tidewater but using small lures or flies can be very productive in deeper pools or glides especially near some type of cover.
Pacific Ocean And Beaches: bottomfish, salmon, Dungeness crab, halibut
The recreational Dungeness crabbing is open in the ocean. Crabbing has been better in the ocean than inside the local bays.
Fishing for bottom fish including rockfish, and lingcod is now closed outside of the 30 fathom curve until Sept. 30. The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two). Retention of 1 cabezon per day is now allowed. Fishing for ling cod remains good for anglers. Anglers are also having good success catching limits of black rockfish in the Coos Bay/Bandon area.
Recreational chinook salmon fishing is open in the ocean from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. from March 15 through April 30. All chinook caught in the ocean must be 24 inches or longer. The ocean selective coho salmon (fin clipped) season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is now open until July 30 or until the 10,500 fish quota is met. After the first week of coho fishing there still remains 82 percent of the quota. Fishing for salmon in the Bandon to Winchester Bay area has slowed down due to strong northwest winds.
The Nearshore halibut season is open only on Thursdays through Saturdays each week until the quota is met (23,038 lbs) or Oct. 31. For the complete article see the 07-12-2013 issue.
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