NW Oregon Fishing Report for March 9th

District streams are low and clear and steelheading is challenging. The Nestucca has held up well, but luck and innovative techniques will play a large role in success on this system. The lower reaches of every Tillamook area stream will produce the best and anglers should target tidal fish, washing in on the incoming tide.

The mainstem Nehalem is ideal for steelheading under these conditions, and gets a large return of all wild fish this time of year. Like other systems, fish should be coming in on the incoming tide, and an array of techniques should work. The upper reaches of the Nehalem are treacherous for drift boats and even rafters need to be cautious when navigating.

With the strong east winds whipping up, the ocean swell has been minimal. Bottomfishing has been excellent for sea bass and lingcod. Favorable seas may continue to provide opportunity, but always subject to change.

Ocean crabbing has slowed as adults are beginning to go into the “clutch.” During the mating season, crabs are much less likely to feed so catch rates plummet. Bay crabbing will be challenging too.

Razor clam digging went well on the recent low tide series but diggers all complained about how small of a grade the clams were. Most clams ranged from 3” to 4”, not quite worthy of the effort.

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