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…

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 6th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 6th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With lots of options on the table, north coast anglers have a bevy of fisheries to choose from. Ocean salmon, coastal fall Chinook, halibut, albacore and good crabbing are all at our doorstep. Starting with the ocean “any 2 salmon” fishery, I must say, it’s a bit surprising action isn’t…

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North Coast Fishing Report August 30th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report August 30th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Although there seems to always be a few early Chinook to show up in north coast systems, this year will be different most would agree. Catchable numbers show early on robust years, this won’t be one of those years. The Nehalem is just coming off a mediocre summer Chinook return…

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Columbia River Fishing Report August 23rd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report August 23rd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Chinook closure downstream of west Puget Island, it’ll be a coho show that should last well into October. That said, Chinook numbers remain robust in the lower estuary, at least as of Thursday morning. One guide reportedly landed no less than 2 dozen salmon today (Thursday), keeping 3…

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North Coast Fishing Report August 23rd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report August 23rd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With ocean coho and now tuna the main focus for north coast anglers, most effort is reliant on ocean weather. And speaking to that dilemma, ODF&W has now opened the South of Falcon halibut fishery to a 2 fish bag limit since rough ocean weather has kept the halibut fleet…

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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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Columbia River Fishing Report August 2nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report August 2nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Let’s get the small stuff out of the way. Catch and release sturgeon fishing isn’t happening anymore. There are still fish available, but the bite has tapered and very few are interested. It’s salmon season! Call me a snob, I know! Summer steelhead remain an option, especially below Longview, but…

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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 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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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 3rd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Buoy 10 fishery underway, many anglers remember some pretty good fishing in early August in recent years. As predicted however, this won’t be one of those years. The August 1 opener can produce good catches on years with a high return, but with the prediction of around 400k,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 14th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – The summer Chinook run is fading faster than expected. With a recently revised summer Chinook run (in the right direction), I had anticipated better numbers for a while longer. Counts at Bonneville are fading fast, and won’t get better for another 6 weeks. The best reports continue from the Bonneville…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 5th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – After a strong, late summer Chinook surge in Astoria, Buoy 10 anglers are walking away feeling unsatisfied lately. The opener on Monday started with a fin-clip restriction, as all Sunday and Mondays are for this year’s Buoy 10 fishery. That does not matter much however, if there are not many…

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