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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 27th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 27th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – To the dismay of many, the north coast steelhead season isn’t off to a great start. Under ideal conditions, steelheaders didn’t make hay when the sun was shining this week as ideal conditions didn’t bring ideal catches on most of the north coast systems this week. It’s a steelheader’s dream,…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 20th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 20th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Chinook fisheries remain closed, simplifying the reporting process for north coast systems. Tillamook Bay is no longer an option and even crabbing will be compromised given the influx of the long-awaited fresh water rain freshet. It’s steelhead time and few anglers have high expectations of easy limits any more, but…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 13th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast December 13th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – It just keeps getting easier for us. With all Chinook closed on the north coast, it’s now a steelhead show. And it’s early for most systems so this will be a short report. There have been steelhead caught on many north coast systems with the Wilson, Three Rivers, the Necanicum,…

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North Coast Fishing Report December 6th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Well, just when you thought it couldn’t “rain” anymore, it’s pouring. The poor Wilson River Chinook are dying in droves. Low water has parasites infecting them and killing them pre-spawn. It’s a terrible situation but obviously it’s important to close the fishery to all Chinook fishing. The river remains open…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 28th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Brutally cold weather and sparse numbers of Chinook have anglers staying inside instead of pursuing salmon on Tillamook Bay. None-the-less, there are some Chinook available for persistent trollers, but a little  lot of luck is needed. The Ghost Hole remains the main target with still some effort happening in the…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 22nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – We’re in the final phases of the fall Chinook fishery on Tillamook Bay. With Tillamook the last fall Chinook stronghold of opportunity, most anglers are now looking forward to winter steelhead season, which is still many weeks away on most systems. Rainfall did spike north coast rivers, but levels remained…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With most outdoors people starting to focus on hunting, effort for fall Chinook is waning. With already low abundance on the north coast, interest was mediocre for much of the season although most who spent time in pursuit stated it was better than expectations. The Tillamook Basin is one of…

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North Coast Fishing Report October 8th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Even though Chinook action is clearly slowing on the north coast, Tillamook Bay remains a viable fishery for persistent trollers working the Ghost Hole and West Channel. As we’ve said before, this fishery performed better than expected, but that doesn’t say much as catches were still depressed. With district rivers…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 1st, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – It hasn’t been a great week for Chinook on the north coast, but as you’ve likely heard us say before, veteran anglers have stated that this year was better than last, and that says something. Tillamook Bay remains a top option for a depressed return of Chinook this year. Trollers…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – The region saw its first good rain freshet of the fall season last week. It excited anglers and Chinook alike as opportunity expanded from estuaries to rivers in recent days. Tillamook Bay trollers were pleasantly surprised with results last Tuesday quite good. Those fishing the Ghost Hole produced limits or…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s peak season for fall Chinook on most coastal estuaries and tidewater reaches. Now, with the onset of fall rains, rivers now become a target for bank anglers and driftboaters alike. Rivers crested at near-ideal stages Friday morning, but are likely stained and leaf-ridden at this stage. They’d normally quick…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Although it’s peak season, it’s ho-hum fishing for most north coast anglers. It’s what biologists expected and given the history in recent years, this is exactly what I had expected, challenging fishing after a fair September on many of these systems. Starting with Tillamook, fishing remains challenging with few guides…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 4th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Fishing on the north coast is going about as expected. Chinook are entering nearly all North Coast systems, just not in great numbers. This is really how it went last year as well. For the Tillamook system, early returning strains of Trask and Tillamook River fish enter the bay from…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 27th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 27th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – After a fair surge of Chinook to north coast systems following last week’s rain event, it’s back to normal fishing success for the run expectation this season. All north coast systems are producing some success, it’s certainly sporadic, even during the time period most say is peaking. Starting with Tillamook…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – As one might expect, a surge of Chinook showed in north coast estuaries following the recent rain freshet that isn’t all that common in mid-September on the Oregon Coast. The Nehalem and Tillamook Bays were highlights, but other systems saw a surge of Chinook into the system as well. On…