NW Oregon Fishing Reports for December 7

Steelhead season is underway on the north coast, with fish reported from the North Fork Nehalem, Wilson, Three Rivers and Kilchis River systems. It’s off to a slow start, but that’s not uncommon for early December. Steelheading should start in earnest this week, with success likely from the aforementioned river systems. The North Fork Nehalem and Three Rivers often provide the best access and success for early season steelhead.

Dropping flows will call for more subtle offerings and boaters are likely to encounter spawning Chinook coho and chum salmon too. Please avoid any harassment of these sensitive stocks of spawning fish, it’s been a tough year for them. The season does remain open in Tillamook Bay itself, but few are participating.

East winds often spell calm seas for bottomfish and crab this time of year. There was a small window early in the week, but seas are forecasted to increase into the weekend. Sport crabbing in the ocean re-opened on December 1st, bottomfishing and crabbing should be excellent if the weather cooperates.

Lower Columbia River – The lower Columbia remains excellent for crabbing, limits are common.

Gnat and Big Creek, as well as the Klaskanine and Necanicum Rivers should have winter steelhead present.

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