NW Oregon Fishing Report for December 29

The North Fork Nehalem continues to disappoint. The fishing hotline reports a slow start, but this will be peak week for fresh fish in the system. Many of the early season stocks on the Nehalem, Three Rivers and a few on the Wilson have not shown strong returns in recent years. These systems still provide the best Christmas break option for steelheaders however.

The Wilson River will remain the best option over the break, with a mix of a few early season returnees, but what most are hoping will be a good return of broodstock fish. Some broodstock fish have already been caught, along with some early wild returning fish, but action improves dramatically by late January. There were fair numbers of fishermen, and some quality broodstock fish taken Thursday morning, including this nice 16-pounder by pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-7701).

Russell Crape of Bay City with a large broodstock steelhead from 12/27, Wilson River, Oregon

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