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ODFW Recreation Report – February 14th, 2017
Early Season Trout Stocking is Underway
It’s not too early to be thinking about trout fishing – in fact, in several North Coast and Willamette Valley fisheries stocking is well underway. Check out the 2017 stocking schedules for west side lakes/ponds and start planning your next fishing trip. East side schedules will be posted in late February or March, once biologists have a better idea when water bodies might be accessible.
Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show Comes to Salem Feb. 25 and 26
Feb. 25 & 26 there will be a Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show at the fairgrounds in Salem put on by the Oregon Coalition for Educating Anglers (OCEAN). Lots of good information about fishing for salmon, tuna, bottomfish, and halibut. More information at the show’s website.
Learn to Hunt and Fish
Steelhead fishing, turkey hunting clinics coming up. See www.odfwcalendar.com for latest classes.
NORTH COAST FISHING
- If you haven’t purchased your license yet, now would be a good time to stop by one of our offices or website and get one. With lots of fishing opportunities coming up in 2017 you’ll want to have the paperwork out of the way already.
- Winter steelhead fishing is in full swing so now’s the time to get out and get after Oregon’s signature winter steelhead. Winter steelhead season is open and hatchery steelhead are available on the Kilchis, Nehalem, Nestucca, Salmon, Siletz, Alsea, Siuslaw, Trask, and Wilson.
Send Us Your Fishing Report!
We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experiences. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.
NORTH COAST LAKES
Town Lake near Pacific City has been stocked with nearly 200 surplus summer steelhead from Cedar Creek hatchery, so far this season. In addition, 66 early run winter steelhead were released there on Jan. 11. Nehalem hatchery released 200 surplus winter steelhead into Vernonia pond, 57 into Lost Lake and 60 into Lake Lytle. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience, especially when the rivers are blown out. Once in the lake they are considered “trout” and do not require a Combined Angling Tag. Anglers are reminded, however, that only one trout per day over 20 inches may be retained, and these fish will almost all be in that size range.
Trout stocking is complete in the other North Coast lakes, but there are still hold over trout available and winter can be a great time to fish for them as these trout will be larger now, and getting hungry! The trout stocking schedule for 2017 is available online, and printed versions will be out soo
ALSEA RIVER & BAY: Steelhead
Steelhead fishing is open on the Alsea River and listed tributaries. The river is shaping up after last week’s rain. Fishing is slow. Alsea Hatchery is having a below average return to the hatchery. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
KILCHIS RIVER: Steelhead
The Kilchis blew out Thursday of last week, along with the rest of the North Coast rivers, but was back in shape by Sunday. There should be steelhead throughout the system, and as far as conditions, the Kilchis should fish well this week. These are mostly wild fish, so we recommend using appropriate gear for easy release and handling fish gently.
NEHALEM RIVER: Steelhead
The Nehalem peaked at 18.43 ft. on Thursday. As of Monday Feb. 13, it is still muddy. This is a large system that carries heavy sediment loads and it’s hard to say when it will come back in shape. When it does there should be steelhead throughout the system. These are mostly wild fish, so we recommend using appropriate gear for easy release and handling fish gently.
The Salmonberry River blew out Thursday of last week, along with the rest of the North Coast rivers, but was back in shape by Sunday. There should be steelhead throughout the system, and as far as conditions, it should fish well this week. These are mostly wild fish, so we recommend using appropriate gear for easy release and handling fish gently.
The North Fork Nehalem came back into shape on Sunday and a few fish were caught. The hatchery run on the North Fork Nehalem is winding down, but there are still some fish available.
NESTUCCA RIVER & THREE RIVERS: Steelhead
The Nestucca peaked at 13.49 ft. last Thursday, but was dropping back into shape by Monday. This is the time of year to be on the Nestucca and there should be brood stock hatchery fish and wild fish throughout the system. All the usual techniques such as side drifting, float fishing, drift fishing, or pulling plugs or divers and bait should be effective. During high water use brighter colors and larger presentations.
Three Rivers hatchery fish should be winding down this time of year, but Cedar Creek hatchery recycled 53 steelhead to Pacific City on Feb 1, and reported that the fish were still in really good shape. This small tributary will drop and clear much quicker than the Nestucca and could be a good bet for bank angling this week.
SALMON RIVER: Steelhead
The Salmon River is open for wild and hatchery steelhead. Fishing is slow. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on the Salmon River. Daily and annual bag limit on wild winter steelhead are 1/day and 3/year. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
SILETZ RIVER: Steelhead
The river is shaping up after last week’s rain. Steelhead fishing is fair. Drift boaters are having fair success from Moonshine Park to Siletz and bank anglers are catching hatchery fish in the Siletz gorge. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
SIUSLAW RIVER: Chinook, Steelhead
The Siuslaw River and Lake Cr. are open for hatchery winter steelhead. Fishing is slow. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.
TRASK RIVER: Steelhead
The Trask peaked at 16.84 ft. Thursday, but was back in shape by Monday. There should be plenty of steelhead throughout the system. During high water use brighter colors and larger presentations. The Trask has mostly wild fish, so we recommend using appropriate gear for easy release and handling fish gently.
WILSON RIVER: Steelhead
The Wilson peaked at 15.76 ft. on Thursday, but was back in shape by Monday. There should be plenty of broodstock hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead around, and there have been some big fish coming off the Wilson this year. All the usual techniques such as side drifting, float fishing, drift fishing, or pulling plugs or divers and bait should be effective. During high water use brighter colors and larger presentations.
YAQUINA RIVER: Steelhead
The Yaquina River and Big Elk Cr. are open for steelhead. Fishing is fair. Wild winter steelhead can be retained on Big Elk Cr. with a daily and annual bag limit of 1/day and 3/year. The Yaquina River is open for hatchery winter steelhead. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective..
NORTH COAST HUNTING
OPEN: COUGAR, NW PERMIT GOOSE
Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging. Remember a 2017 cougar tag and license is needed to hunt as of Jan. 1.
The NW Permit Goose season opened again for the third and final period of Feb. 4 – March 10. Large numbers of geese have been present on north coast estuaries and surrounding private lands. The flocks generally fly to grass pastures during the day and then back to the estuary before evening. Hunters are reminded that again this year dusky Canada geese are completely protected and there is no check station requirement. See pages 22-23 in the 2016-17 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for details.
SHOW AND TELL
Another Amazing Fish!!!! Caught by Tony
Here is a nice deer taken back in 2010 by Joe Goodell of Toledo.