NW Oregon Fishing Update for Jan 26th

Following last weekend’s deluge, the Wilson, Nestucca and Trask came into good shape on Monday, and improved catches ensued. It’s a broodstock show from here on out, making the Wilson and Nestucca the best options well into April, but other systems such as the North Fork Nehalem, Three Rivers near Cloverdale, the Necanicum and district streams near Astoria are over for the season. Spent steelhead may still be available, but make for poor table fare and are experiencing low returns anyway. The Trask River will offer solace from larger numbers of anglers seeking a consumptive opportunity from the adjacent Wilson and Nestucca Rivers.

Rough seas remain in the forecast so offshore bottomfishing doesn’t look to be an option for the foreseeable future. When seas do subside, lingcod and sea bass fishing should be excellent. Bay crabbing should remain fair in Tillamook and Netarts estuaries, but slow elsewhere.

Surplus hatchery steelhead have recently been released into Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake and Vernonia Pond. These fish can recover quickly and become a prize for any anglers to catch.

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