North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 20th, 2020

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s been another quiet week for steelheaders on the north Oregon coast. Low water conditions continue to persist, but savvy anglers are finding ways to get into fish. It’s simply time for steelhead to enter the river, they are just more wary now than if we had good water conditions.…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 13th, 2020

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s been another slow week for steelheaders on the north coast. Persistent low water conditions have kept people away, but the guides that are still working, are having to work hard for their catch. The Nestucca remains the top river of choice for interest, but guides are hustling their way…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

North Coast Fishing Report – You can’t have really high expectations after a couple of knock-down, drag-out days following the previous two high-water events. After such a productive start, most of us keep thinking it’ll be that way after each rain freshet. Well, it was fair, but far from great. Last weekend’s bump in river…

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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 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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