NW Oregon Fishing Reports for Dec 15

It’s a sad day when crabbing outshines fishing opportunities in Tillamook County, but winter steelhead continue to be elusive in the early-season streams. The North Fork Nehalem continues to report slow fishing, with very few fish in the holding trap. This is the week when we should start to see winter steelhead pop in this system, as well as Three Rivers, a tributary to the Nestucca system.

The Wilson, Nestucca and Trask Rivers should also have a few winter steelhead available, but catches will remain sparse for a few more weeks.

Paul Curran of Beaverton with a large north coast steelhead taken on a soft bead.

Paul Curran of Beaverton with a large north coast steelhead taken on a soft bead.

Crabbing in Tillamook is excellent and great tides will persist into the weekend. The expected rain shouldn’t damper success too much, but it may become a factor the following week. Netarts remains a good option too.

Lower Columbia River – Crabbing remains an excellent prospect on the lower Columbia River and with the commercial season further delayed, success should remain good for several more weeks.

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