06/18/15 North Coast Oregon Fishing Reports

Very low water levels in coastal streams will present some challenging fishing conditions. Scale down your gear, using smaller weights and baits, and lighter leaders. Look for fish, especially steelhead, to hold in different parts of the river than they normally would. Due to warm water temperatures, fishing may be best early in the morning.

Most rivers and streams re-opened to trout on May 23, 2015.  


Lost Lake received some surplus trout last week. Most other district lakes were stocked the first week of June. Trout fishing should be fair to good.

Warm water fishing is fair to good. Coffenbury, Cullaby, Sunset, Lytle, Cape Meares, and Town lakes, and Vernonia Pond all offer opportunity for largemouth bass. Weed growth and water quality may become a problem in some areas.

The latest trout stocking schedule. 


Fishing for the various warm water fish species can be productive during the spring as lake temperatures start to rise and fish begin spawning. Anglers will start finding more fish up in the shallows this time of year. 

ALSEA RIVER: cutthroat trout

The cutthroat trout season is now open for the season and anglers should have fair to good results in most of the larger tributaries and mainstem. Small spinners are typically productive as wells as small spoons or fly fishing with nymphs or streamers. 

KILCHIS RIVER: cutthroat

Cutthroat fishing should be fair. 

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fishing is mostly fair for spring Chinook. Fish are available through tidewater and into the lower river, including Three Rivers. Water levels are low, and temperatures warmer than normal. The best bite will likely be first thing in the morning. Special gear restrictions are in effect in Three Rivers. Steelhead fishing is slow. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair to good. 

SALMON RIVER: cutthroat trout

Cutthroat trout are now open to harvest. Typically good fishing can be had during the early part of the season. Using small lures like spinners, spoons or various flies can be productive. 

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, cutthroat trout

Summer steelhead fishing is slowly starting to pick up. New fish will continually be moving into the river over the next few months with the peak numbers typically in July. River flows are much lower than normal for this time of year so think small and subtle presentations. Typical steelhead tactics apply such as bobber and jig / bait, or casting spoons or spinners. Cutthroat trout are now also open to harvest and can be found throughout the main stem river and many large tributaries.

SIUSLAW RIVER: cutthroat trout

The cutthroat trout season is now open for the season. The main stem of the Siuslaw and Lake Creek can be good fishing as well as the larger tributaries entering these systems. Bait is not allowed above the head of tide but small spinners, spoons and fly fishing can be very productive. 

TILLAMOOK BAY: sturgeon, Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing is fair overall, but some good bites are being reported at times. Fish the lower bay on softer tide series, and the upper bay on the bigger swings. Trolling herring or large bladed spinners are the two most popular techniques. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon should be fair. 

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook fishing is fair. Fish are being caught from tidewater up to the hatchery area. Decent numbers of fish are available. Gear restrictions are in effect from the Cedar Creek boat slide down to the Lorens Drift wooden boat slide. An occasional summer steelhead is being caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good. The north, south, and east forks closed to fishing June 15.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Spring Chinook fishing is slow in the low clear water. Summer steelhead fishing is slow also. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair. Use lighter gear for best results as the water is extremely low and clear.

YAQUINA RIVER: cutthroat trout

The cutthroat trout season opened on May 23 and anglers can expect to have fair to good fishing. The mainstem Yaquina and Big Elk Creek are good places to try casting small spinners or spoons as well as bait fishing near the head of tide.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


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