NW Oregon Fishing Report for Dec 22

Early season returns on the North Fork Nehalem and Three Rivers on the Nestucca system continue to disappoint anglers. Saturday anglers still arrive with enthusiasm, but it’s quickly gut-checked by Sunday as low success rates are realized. Regardless, these two systems remain some of the best options in Tillamook County, especially coming off the major rain event at mid-week. They may be the only weekend options until dryer conditions come about.

That said, the Wilson River was producing fair steelhead catches prior to the high water with cookie-cutter 6 – 7 pounders taken on bait and soft beads over the weekend. The Wilson and other larger Tillamook area rivers will be a bit high to fish over the weekend, but that is often when the best fishing actually occurs. Look for willing fish in the softer pockets and shallower water under these conditions.

The Dam Hole on the Trask River is also a high water favorite, but often produces only catch and release wild fish results with fewer anglers in pursuit.

Seas remain angry, it’s a pity sport crabbers haven’t been able to take advantage of wide-open opportunity during the month of December. The commercial fleet may drop gear as early as December 28th if conditions are right.

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