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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Columbia River Fishing Report November 8th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Salmon anglers on the Columbia are now limited to the reach from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam. The bulk of the coho (and Chinook) are upstream of Bonneville Dam so salmon fishing on the Columbia is effectively over. Coho fishing above Bonneville had been fairly productive, but now it’s closed…

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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 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 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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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Most anglers remain a bit disappointed that the robust coho fishery predicted, really hasn’t been lights out fishing just yet this season. It is getting late for a strong showing of early (“A”) run coho, but the upcoming tide series should be a telling story of the success of this…

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North Coast Fishing Report May 2nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report May 2nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With steelhead season wrapped up, springers are on the mind of many coastal residents. The good news is, there are fish being caught, at least in the Trask River. Reliable reports of spring Chinook being caught at the hatchery are likely true. Although it’s been quite some time since a…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast – April 19th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast – April 19th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Well, maybe it wasn’t as good as last year, but following the last significant rain freshet, action was ON for north coast steelhead once again. The river came into perfect shape on Saturday (coincidentally when the Columbia River spring Chinook season opened back up). Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) reported…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2019

North coast fishing report – We are screaming towards the end of steelhead season, but given the previous year’s history, we could be in for another fair push of fish into North Coast systems. Action on the Tillamook two, the Wilson and Nestucca Rivers, had remained challenging in the prolonged low flows. That should all…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – A much needed river rise took place at mid-week, after a warming trend that melted some of the abundant coast range snow, changing the dynamic of steelheading on the north coast. The Wilson and Nestucca systems again booted up, pushing out fair to good numbers of hatchery broodstock keepers as…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast February 1st, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – North coast rivers have been on the drop for over a week now, and action has been paralleling that river pattern. There was some good fishing during the last reporting period, but sporadic results is more the norm, in the normalizing river drop. Most anglers remain focused on the Wilson…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast November 16th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Still not much to report here. Effort is expectedly down and catch even more down. Tides have been good for lower bay fishing but you can count the number of boats on one hand parked in the Garibaldi Boat Basin. It’s likely many of those are focusing on crab too.…

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North Coast Fishing Report November 9th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Still not much happening on the north coast. With most rivers closed and effort (and success) for fall Chinook only occurring in the estuaries, there isn’t much effort happening region-wide on the north coast. ODF&W did issue a press release for the relaxation of regulations on the Siletz River, where apparently…

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North Coast Fishing Report October 5th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Tillamook is usually bringing the star power this time of year, but it’s not new news, it’s under-performing this season. Catches on Tillamook Bay remain challenging, there seems to be more wild coho than Chinook this year; ironic we can keep Chinook, but not coho. Regardless, anglers remain engaged in…

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North Coast Fishing Report July 27th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Knocking out the freshwater systems, spring Chinook is over, summer steelheading is challenging on the Wilson and Nestucca systems, and few people are fishing sea-run cutthroat trout. Likely the best bet is summer Chinook on the Nehalem system. Summer steelheaders do stand a chance on the Wilson and Nestucca systems,…

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