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 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 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 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 November 30th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Another simple one for north coast salmon and steelhead seekers! Bay fishing is both uninteresting and unproductive, although a few trollers remain with little to show for their effort. Many have given up on just the principle alone, let the fish spawn this year! None-the-less, there are a few biters…

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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 and Forecast September 7th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – The Chinook are in! As is commonly the case, fall Chinook have started to return to most north coast basins. From the Necanicum in Seaside, to the Siletz near Lincoln City, anglers stand a reasonable chance at fresh Chinook in any one of these systems. Furthermore, hatchery coho are starting…

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North Coast Fishing Report August 23rd, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Although peak fall Chinook season is still weeks away, anglers fishing many of the north coast systems were finding fish in the lower reaches of these systems on the last weak tide exchange. The season is off to a fair start as anglers will be looking for alternatives once the…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast August 17th, 2018

North Coast Fishing Report – Although coho fishing has picked up in previous weeks, catches remain somewhat challenging for most anglers. The central coast, specifically Newport and Depoe Bay, lead the charge on coho retained, as well as released. Anglers and ODF&W statistics indicate the majority of coho caught require release due to the fact…

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North Coast Fishing Reports and Forecast December 22nd, 2017

North Coast Fishing Report – It hasn’t been a great early season on the north coast. Reports of continued struggling by avid anglers are coming in, full day floats on rivers that should be peaking right now, but are failing to produce even a bite. One floater reported doing a drift from the hatchery to…

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