Bob Rees’ Fishing Updates

NW Oregon Fishing Reports for December 7

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Fishing Report, North Coast Fishing Report | 0 comments

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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NW Oregon Fishing Update for November 30

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in Fishing Report | 0 comments

Chinook season remains closed in the Tillamook district rivers, but there has been some limited success for the Tillamook Bay trollers working the Ghost Hole and Bay City. The effort has been light however as most have folded it up for the season.

The season’s first winter steelhead was reported on the Wilson River over the weekend, taken from the tidewater reach in the low flows. Other river systems have little to report however.

The North Fork Nehalem is often the first system to report any numbers of steelhead, the effort has been running high over the holiday weekend with nothing to show for it. The current rain freshet should bring more positive results, maybe as early as this weekend.

Three Rivers near Hebo is another early season favorite and is likely to produce the season’s first catches by early December too. It’s the perfect small stream fishery with a fair amount of bank access, especially at the mouth of this Nestucca River tributary.

Tides moderate for weekend crabbing in Tillamook County, but the best tides will occur during the nighttime hours.

Lower Columbia River – Crabbing remains excellent for lower Columbia crabbers and weekend tides will continue to produce great catches of quality sized Dungeness.

 

 

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NW Oregon Fishing Update for Nov 23

Posted by on Nov 24, 2018 in Fishing Report | 0 comments

Northwest Oregon – East winds knocked down the ocean swell, making for great ocean opportunity for bottomfish early this week. Large ling cod and exceptional sea bass were taken at Three Arch Rocks near Oceanside for the few that were in pursuit. The lings were taking jigs worked in 130 to 140 foot of water, while sea bass were suspended, also taking “iron” jigs and shrimp fly jigs. Limits were easily had. Dinner reef closer to the north tip of the jetty is also producing good sea bass action.

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Halibut and ocean salmon fishing is closed for the year, although one boat released a small feeder Chinook while bottomfishing at Three Arches.

The rivers are bare of driftboats and effort is low on Tillamook for Chinook. There was a rumor of early winter steelhead on the North Fork Nehalem, but action should pick up after Thanksgiving. The North Fork and Three Rivers should provide the best action for early season steelhead, and the Wilson River to a lesser degree.


Amy Wang of Beaverton with a November 18th lingcod out of Garibaldi. The group of 5 took easy limits of lings and sea bass just off of Oceanside, Oregon.

Lower Columbia River – Crabbing was excellent on the lower Columbia over the weekend. East winds is preventing safe crabbing on some days, but when boats can get out, the action is great.

 

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NW Oregon Fishing Reports for Nov 17

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Fishing Report, North Coast Fishing Report | 0 comments

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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NW Oregon Fishing Update for Nov 9

Posted by on Nov 10, 2018 in Fishing Report | 0 comments

Although only Tillamook Bay remains open for the targeting and retention of Chinook, action is fair at best. Much of the effort has slowed, and catches remain subdued for a period of time that has historically been productive. Many anglers have given up on fall Chinook, waiting for winter steelhead to arrive, which won’t be in fishable numbers for another 6 weeks. In the meantime, at least until November 15th, chum salmon will exercise anglers on the Miami, Kilchis and Wilson Rivers. This too is a great fishery for newcomers and youngsters alike. The BnR scampi tails fished under a bobber can offer great action, catch and release is required.

ODF&W re-opened a portion of the Siletz River, HERE is the official press release.

The offshore forecast looks as if bottomfishing will again be on the table. Although most of the charter fleet has hung it up for the season, private boaters can take advantage of good numbers of lingcod and bottomfish both on and offshore. Ocean crabbing remains closed, but bay crabbing in most coastal estuaries is good.

Halibut and ocean salmon seasons are closed.

Lower Columbia River – Crabbing in the lower Columbia is excellent. A soft incoming tide this weekend should give crabbers an excellent opportunity for easy limits.

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NW Oregon Fishing Update for Nov 2

Posted by on Nov 3, 2018 in Fishing Report, Tillamook Bay | Comments Off on NW Oregon Fishing Update for Nov 2

Managers for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were forced to take drastic measures beginning today, closing most rivers on the north coast to fall Chinook fishing. The closure will affect large swaths of once-productive rivers like the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca systems as adult returns are concerning to all in the angling community.

Tillamook Bay as well as other north coast estuaries will remain open for Chinook, with a 1 fish per day/3 per season (through December 31st) bag limit to keep the harvest in check. If anglers have already harvested their 10 fish limit for the year, you’re done, period.

Ocean crabbing closed on October 15th, but remains open and productive in Tillamook Bay and the lower Columbia River. The ocean salmon season, as well as halibut close after October 31st. Rockfishing remains a viable option when seas calm, whenever that may be.

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NW Oregon Fishing Update for Oct 26

Posted by on Oct 27, 2018 in Fishing Report | Comments Off on NW Oregon Fishing Update for Oct 26

Chinook fishing in Tillamook remains challenging for most, but Bay City and the Ghost Hole will be primary targets for trollers this week with the stronger tides pushing in. Seaweed may also be a factor once again as stronger tides and a storm surge tend to bring in the fouling foliage.

Tidewater of the Wilson River is rumored to have fair numbers of Chinook available. Tides improve for bobber fishers, but do check the ODF&W web site for current regulations as there is talk of a limited closure to protect concentrated Chinook in the tidewater reaches of some coastal systems. Returns already look compromised and tidewater fish seem particularly vulnerable when they can’t access the upper reaches of these systems.

The ocean swell is forecasted to be on the increase as is commonly the case this time of year. The ocean salmon season as well as halibut season closes on October 31st. Many charter operations are also closing for the winter although bottomfishing should remain productive.

Bay crabbing will be challenging this weekend with the bump in tide exchange. Astoria even more so given the large drainage the Columbia drains.

NW Oregon Fishing Update for October 20

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Fishing Report | Comments Off on NW Oregon Fishing Update for October 20

Northwest Oregon – Fall Chinook continue to be elusive on Tillamook Bay, but it remains the favored fishery on the entire north coast. Chinook in the high 20-pound range are caught every day, with the Ghost Hole, Bay City and during last week’s low tide exchange, the jaws along the north jetty produced fair catches near low tide.

Pro-Troll flashers with Fatal Flash spinners in size 3.0 and 5, especially in chartreuse and red/white have been the go-to colors. Seaweed remains a hindrance and with another strong tide series this weekend, success will be challenging.

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Coho are still making up a fair percentage of the catch and must be released unharmed. Hatchery coho are in the Trask and North Fork Nehalem, albeit in low numbers and are past their prime.

Anglers have been taking advantage of calm seas and chamber of commerce weather on the ocean. The deep reef fishery continues to yield large lingcod and canary rockfish, along with other species as well. Weekend weather looks like it will hold for this unique fishery.

Ocean crabbing closed on October 15th, and won’t open again until December 1st. Overall the season wasn’t as productive as it usually is, but quality keepers were had throughout the fall months. Bay crabbing is competitive, but should also produce fair catches until the first significant fall rains hit.

Despite optimum weather conditions, motivated albacore anglers are hard to find. The recent grade of albacore have been running quite small. So small in fact that local canneries aren’t taking commercial catches as of late. Many offshore anglers have hung it up for the season, at least for tuna.

Astoria area – Despite big tide exchanges, crabbing has been good on the lower Columbia River Afternoon tides this weekend should yield good results too.

 

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NW Oregon Fishing Updates for October 13

Posted by on Oct 13, 2018 in Fishing Report | Comments Off on NW Oregon Fishing Updates for October 13

Northwest Oregon – Chinook fishing in Tillamook Bay has remained challenging as last weekend’s SHOT tournament held by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders yielded just 5 fish for 40 anglers over a 2-day period. The largest fish tipped the scales at just over 18 pounds.

The stronger tide series brought about abundant amounts of seaweed, further impeding success for the fall run fish. Wild coho seem to be as plentiful as Chinook this season, but must be released unharmed. The Ghost Hole, Bay City and the Coast Guard Station in front of Garibaldi are producing the most consistent success, at high tide when the seaweed and eelgrass are less of a problem.

Mid-October produced some of the season’s best catches last year, anglers are holding out hope. Chinook jacks are more prevalent in this year’s catches too, hopefully indicating a stronger return of 4-year olds next year.

Tidewater bobber fishers remain perplexed with the lack of fish lately, but the Wilson, Trask and Tillamook tidewater reaches should all have some fish available.

The ocean swell may be subsiding over the weekend. Bottomfishers are anxious as the deep-reef fishery produced some monster lingcod prior to the current rough ocean conditions. Large canary and yellow tail rockfish hit the decks as well.

Other north coast estuaries are under-performing as well, including the Nehalem. The North Fork hatchery did report some dark coho being taken on eggs over the weekend however.

Astoria area – Despite big tide exchanges, crabbing has been good on the lower Columbia River Afternoon tides this weekend should yield good results too.

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NW Oregon Fishing Update for Oct 6th

Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in Fishing Report | Comments Off on NW Oregon Fishing Update for Oct 6th

Salmon fishing remains challenging on most north coast estuaries. Tillamook Bay continues to put out a few Chinook to trollers working the Ghost Hole and Bay City, but other areas of the estuary and tidewater reaches are producing fair-at-best results. The south channel has an occasional Chinook, but the bubble fishery in the ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay is producing poorly. The jaws of Tillamook Bay have also been yielding some salmon, mostly wild coho however, but an occasional Chinook too.

Wild coho are present in most estuaries and some are so large, they are easily mistaken for Chinook salmon. Anglers should be 100% sure of the species they retain, several wild coho have been confiscated at the dock, with hefty fines doled out as a consequence. Only hatchery coho may be retained in bays and rivers, but few seem available to anglers this year. As of Monday, the North Fork Nehalem has yet to receive any coho back to the hatchery.

Bottomfishing remains a good option out of Garibaldi. October 1st marked the opening of the deep reef fishery, where large lingcod and ample numbers of large rockfish make for easy limits on most days. Calm seas early in the week yielded good catches, this is an opportunity that’s not likely to last long as ocean conditions will certainly deteriorate before long. Nearshore bottomfishing remains good too, but an increase in the bag limit to 5 rockfish (and 2 lingcod) per person. The long-leader fishery still allows for 10 fish bag limits and has been wildly popular and productive.

Ocean crabbing is still productive, but will close to recreational opportunity after October 15th. Bay crabbing should be more challenging this weekend as stronger tides keep crabs dug in.

Astoria area – Crabbing in the lower Columbia was good last weekend, but stronger tides this weekend won’t produce easy limits.

Tuna chasers did good late last week and it should remain a viable fishery for another 2 weeks if the ocean cooperates.

 

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