NW Oregon Fishing Reports for Nov 17

Northwest Oregon – With little effort out for Tillamook Bay fall Chinook, it’s hard to gauge just how productive the fishery is. November Chinook are largely destined for the Wilson and Kilchis River systems, but it’s quite apparent that the entire Tillamook watershed is witnessing low returns this season. The extreme lower reaches of some of these river systems remain open as well, but check the news release link from the ODF&W web site for updated regulations.

Anglers that targeted chum salmon for catch and release fishing on the Miami, Kilchis and Wilson River systems will find that option closing after November 15th. These fish provide good sport, but leaving spawning fish unmolested is important too, as chum fry provide an important food base for other important species such as coho smolts in the spring. Most north coast rivers will remain open for winter steelhead and some start to show around Thanksgiving in some district systems. It’s not unrealistic to believe we’ll see a better return of steelhead this season and next as ocean conditions improved for this year’s returning brood.

Ocean conditions for nearshore bottomfishing have been decent and good catches of sea bass and lingcod have been had by those out there trying. The ocean swell is expected to rise through the weekend, but favorable conditions may come about early next week. Ocean crabbing re-opens on December 1st and it doesn’t look like the commercial fleet will start before late December.

Lower Columbia River – Soft tides will offer up good morning and afternoon crabbing options out of Hammond. Low slack can be just as productive as high slack, especially on a soft tide exchange. Be cautious of the ever-changing wind forecast however.

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