Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Chinook Bag Limit Doubles, Coastal Fall Chinook Fishing is Challenging Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers got more good news, allowing them to retain up to two Chinook in the Columbia River mainstem. Anglers saw great action in the gorge on Wednesday, before the gillnets went in that night. Bonneville numbers are tapering, but action should…

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast

Coho Catches Subdued, Offshore Weather Improves but Albacore Moved Offshore North Coast Fishing Report – As freshwater fisheries (literally) dry up, anglers typically look west for ocean opportunities this time of year. We are on a short string of nice ocean weather days, but that doesn’t mean the fish will cooperate. Starting with ocean coho,…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 13th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 13th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – As expected, a bit of a show start for most north coast fall salmon fisheries. Chinook have now been reported in every basin (mostly in the estuaries) indicating that the run isn’t a full bust, but most have noted the mediocrity of the start of the season. In about every…

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North Coast Fishing Report August 16th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report August 16th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s been a bit of a downer week for north coast anglers. With Buoy 10 in full blossom, interest in other north coast fisheries is underwhelming. The South of Falcon ocean coho season seems to have fizzled, and so has the Nehalem bite that impressed a few anglers last week.…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast August 2nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast August 2nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With spring Chinook action over (did it ever begin?) and summer steelhead fishing poor, anglers remain focused on big blue and recently, that too has been challenging. I don’t think it’s not that the fish are present, we have wildly fluctuating ocean water temperatures which seem to be turning the…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 12th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Tillamook Bay has been a frustrating fishery this week. A big ocean has forced us into the seaweed façade, and strong incoming and outgoing tides have exacerbated the issue. It’s hard to tell when the best time of the tide is as seaweed fouls your gear for a good part…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 21st, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – It has been a bit of a grim week on the north coast. Starting my first week at Tillamook has yielded little to brag about. Catches have been quiet throughout the bay, and even on a nice calm ocean for much of the week. As a matter of fact, most…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast August 31st, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Fall Chinook season should officially be underway for most north coast systems. It’s officially harvest time as both coho and Chinook begin to make their way back to their natal systems. Reports are still a bit vague, but fall Chinook have been caught in every north coast estuary. Last week…

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North Coast Fishing Report August 10th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – With ocean salmon fishing still mediocre, anglers continue to look to other options in the region. Nearshore halibut remains one of those fair options, with 140 – 170 foot of water consistently producing fair catches from Twin Rocks to the mouth of the Nehalem. Drifted black label herring and squid…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast October 13th, 2017

North Coast Fishing Report – Although Tillamook has largely disappointed this season, with the new Pro-Troll fad coming into play, action has been good for those employing the technique. No matter if you’re fishing deep or shallow, Pro-Trolls are taking fish, largely using small 3.5 or size 5 spinners trailing them. Most recently, action has…

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North Coast Fishing Reports October 6th, 2017

North Coast Fishing Reports – Tillamook Bay remains alarmingly slow. It is clear we’re undergoing a depressed return this year. Most recently (Friday), the ocean finally got too big to fish, so boats were jammed into the Ghost Hole, and fishing was fair at best. Tillamook Bay anglers have become so desperate for action that…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 29th, 2017

North Coast Fishing Report – Since Tillamook tops the list of interest, we’ll start here, despite a tough start to the season. Anglers remain persistent in pursuing Chinook on Tillamook Bay, despite a tough go in finding willing fish. This week, most trollers have been working the jaws and adjacent ocean waters given the perfect…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 22nd, 2017 B

North Coast Fishing Report – Even following the much needed (and anticipated) rain freshet, Chinook fishing in Tillamook remains sub-par compared to year’s past. To further complicate the fishing, eel grass and seaweed continues to foul gear and keeps anglers from effectively fishing, at least for herring trollers. Spinner trollers in the upper bay have…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 15th, 2017

North Coast Fishing Report – In what should be peak season for early returning chinook salmon to the Tillamook basin, anglers are less than impressed with the ideal tide series currently upon us.   The lower Tillamook Bay bite has yielded some results in recent days, but the action happens fast, and not for a…

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North Coast Fishing Report September 8th, 2017

North Coast Fishing Report – It has been an oddly quiet week for Chinook salmon, during a period of time when chinook fishing is commonly good. With the calm seas, and a wide-open any two salmon season, most anglers have been concentrating on the ample opportunities presented for wild and hatchery coho offshore. That coho…

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