NW Oregon Fishing Report

Stable and dropping flows have slowed the steelhead fishing in the Tillamook area, but peak season is upon us, and action should remain consistent for the coming weeks. Flows are dropping and clearing so innovative strategies are important.

The Wilson is low and clear with the trend likely to remain that way. The reach downstream of Sollie Smith Bridge is likely to produce the best biters, shortly after high tide. Plugs may be most effective since fish will likely spot side-drifters and be skittish with approaching watercraft. Cold mornings in the forecast justify a later start when temperatures warm.

The Nestucca is producing fair and consistent results with a fair mix of wild and hatchery broodstock fish falling to anglers this week. Like the Wilson, the lower reaches (downstream of Three Rivers) will likely produce the best results, and anglers will have to deploy innovative techniques to differentiate from the rest of the fleet.

The mainstem Nehalem should be a fair option this week and next. A lack of precipitation puts this system in prime shape during prime season with some large fish showing this time of year. It’s the best option for fly fishermen.

The offshore weather has been favorable for bottom fishers and sport crabbers. The fishing has been better than the crabbing with some dandy lingcod in the mix. There’s been very little effort this wild winter, fish are quite receptive.

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