NW Oregon Fishing Update for Feb 16th

Steelheaders on the coast have been challenged by low, clear water conditions on all north coast streams. Furthermore, cold temperatures have kept steelhead down, but the recent rain freshet should reinvigorate the run just in time for the weekend. Most recent results indicate a flush of fish have moved in with good catches reported on the Wilson River Thursday (today). It’s likely the Nestucca fished well today too.

The Wilson and Nestucca should be receiving a good batch of fish for the Free Fishing weekend. All techniques should produce with bobber-dogging and side-drifting eggs and soft beads performing best. Plugs should become effective over the weekend as flows settle down and steelhead grow wary of a consistent offering of real and imitation baits. Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) tallied 3 keepers for a short morning float on Thursday. I’ve been sworn to secrecy about his innovative technique, you may want to consider booking a trip!

Smaller systems like the Kilchis, upper Trask and Necanicum River should have some fresh wild steelhead available for catch and release fishing, and there is likely to still be spawned out steelhead taken as they make their way downstream back to the ocean.

And speaking of the ocean, it’s forecasted to get big again so bottomfishing and ocean crabbing will be off the table for yet another weekend. Bay crabbing looks to be less than ideal as well, especially with the minus tide series we’re just coming into.

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