NW Oregon Fishing Report Feb 2

Coastal steelheaders had some good luck late last week, and overall, the season has been fair. Like the inland rivers, the broodstock steelhead of the Wilson and Nestucca systems will produce the best catches of late season hatchery fish, and also draw the largest crowds. Although the overall numbers seem to be down, the quality of fish is excellent. One guide observed few of the 2-salt fish (6 to 8 pound fish), but a fair return of the 3-salt steelhead exceeding 10 pounds in weight. Bobber-dogging beads, yarnies and soft beads remains the ticket, but plugs are also drawing strikes.

The Trask and mainstem Nehalem are good options for wild fish and solitude as catch and release fisheries don’t draw the interest that rivers with hatchery fish offer. The Kilchis is another good wild fish option, but is currently low and clear, making for wary steelhead.

A handful of salty anglers made their way out of north coast ports, finding willing lingcod, sea bass and Dungeness crab. Lingcod fishing has been challenging as we enter spawning season, but when the ocean is friendly, the action is good. Those windows of opportunity have been rare this season however.

Crabbing is fair in Yaquina and Tillamook Bays, and the lower Columbia River.

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