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Weekend river levels are expected to level out

North Coast Fishing Report – Despite low flows, we are in peak season for north coast steelhead. Persistent low flows is keeping action far from explosive but persistent driftboaters are yielding consistent catches on a fairly daily basis. Pro guide Chris Vertopoulos (503-349-1377) reported on back to back days on the Nestucca River this week.…

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Larger streams will be the focus

North Coast Fishing Report – Coming off of the previous week’s rain freshet, north coast rivers fished fairly well last weekend and even a bit before. Troops went out in droves, given the early season success most had witnessed with fair catches coming from all the expected favorites. With only the Nestucca and Wilson left…

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Late winter steelhead run pretty good

North Coast Fishing Report – Not much to report this early in the drop-down from all the rain we had last week. Some of the smaller streams put out some fish at mid-week however with the Necanicum highlighting the north coast opportunity for late winter-run steelhead. Pro guide Andy Betnar (503-791-4094) reported great success for…

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Incoming Weather Will Improve Fishing

North Coast Fishing Report – Anglers this week had low water conditions to contend with. Persistent low, clear water tested anglers abilities in such conditions. The challenging conditions did not keep everybody from trying for steelhead but those that did, were far short of limits for their efforts. Smaller systems were predictably most challenging as…

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Mainstem Nehalem has finally become a good option

North Coast Fishing Report – Steelhead anglers have been challenged lately by low and clear flows. Most boat anglers are now targeting larger systems as fish are hunkered down in deeper, darker, broken surfaced pockets. Following the last rain freshet over a week ago now, catches were quite impressive on some of the smaller streams…

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Looks like a banner season

North Coast Fishing Report – Following last weekend’s freshet, rivers went out of shape in what will likely be the last opportunity for fresh run fish. Admittedly, I largely blew the prediction of ample numbers of un-spawned steelhead available to anglers this week. Of course, the earliest reports came from small systems such as the…

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Steelhead Fishing Depends on Weather

North Coast Fishing Report – following last week’s rain freshet, steelheaders were reporting excellent catches along many coastal systems. Late last week, smaller rivers such as the Necanicum and North Fork Nehalem were producing limits for savvy anglers. Pro Guide Andy Betnar (503-791-4094) reported limits for him and his customers floating the upper reach of…

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Good Success for Steelhead

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] North Coast Fishing Report – Steelheaders have had an impressive start to the season. It’s what many theorized after a banner wild and hatchery coho return this fall. Late last week, before the high water, steelheaders on the Wilson River were reporting double digit opportunities. What is most impressive, is the high quality…

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Necanicum River top option for the north coast but..

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] North Coast Fishing Report – As expected, following the recent flooding event, steelheaders took advantage of the traditional peak season opportunities on north coast systems. Starting with the smaller streams, driftboaters that were willing to put up with a major obstruction on the Necanicum, or fished above it or below it, found pretty…

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Stay off the ocean

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] North Coast Fishing Report – It’s steelhead time on the north coast and with the bulk of the early run about to hit north coast rivers, the current rain freshet we’re on is the one to get excited about. We’ll go over most of those options in the forecast section so let’s stay…

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Chinook still remain an option in Tillamook area

North Coast Fishing Report – Although prospects are dropping off, chinook still remain an option in the Tillamook district. Boaters are still working Tillamook Bay with the Ghost Hole and Coast Guard station still producing occasional fish. Avid angler Craig Campbell has put in a couple of successful evenings last week, yielding 2 nice chinook,…

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Early winter steelhead should be available

A flurry of great action took place last Sunday when air and water temperatures warmed and staging estuary chinook made a run upriver on the Trask and Wilson Rivers. Action has slowed since and only an occasional pod of chinook will roll through the Tillamook district into mid-December. The Kilchis is an option too. Early…

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Fish move with the rivers on the rise

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] North Coast Fishing Report – With chinook still on tap, few boaters are in pursuit. Tillamook Bay remains a fair to good option for a late season chinook as trollers starting finding success in the west channel in recent days. With so few competing, action has been good with some boats tallying 3…

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