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Weekly Recreation Report: Northwest Zone

July 18, 2017

 Northwest Zone Fishing

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Thousands of 15-inch and larger “trophy trout” are available in waters through Oregon and these coastal lakes and reservoirs: Alder Lake, Cleawox Lake, Dune Lake, Munsel Lake, Siltcoos Lagoon, Olalla Creek Reservoir, Big Creek Reservoirs #1 & #2, Thissell Pond, Eckman Lake, Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Lost Lake, Sunset Lake, and Town Lake.
  • Trout season is open on some rivers and streams with a two fish per day limit.
2017 Family Fishing at McNary Ponds
A nice trout
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

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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

Most North Coast lakes have been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking is over until the fall but there still should be fish around to catch. Water temps are warming but are not too warm yet and fish should be hungry and willing to bite. Lakes like Coffenbury, Cullaby, Lytle, Cape Meares, and Vernonia offer opportunity for warmwater species, particularly largemouth bass. Fishing should be good as the water warms up.

MID COAST LAKES

Olalla Reservoir has been stocked with over 50 surplus summer steelhead from the Siletz Falls trap, so far this season. These fish get fairly active in the lake and offer a unique fishing experience. 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.

Mid Coast lakes been stocked with trout throughout the spring. Trout stocking is over until the fall but there still should be fish around to catch. Water temps are great and fish should be hungry, so go catch them!

ALSEA RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

KILCHIS RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Sea-run cutthroat should be entering the lower river now, too. Remember, the limit is two per day over 8-inches, and no bait is allowed through Aug. 31.

NEHALEM: trout, Chinook

There are a few summer Chinook being caught on Nehalem bay but the action has been fairly slow and sporadic thus far.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing has been fair on the Nestucca, and a few late Springers are being caught. The water is getting low and clear, so fish stealthy. Bobber fishing bait, back bouncing, pulling divers and bait or plugs are all good techniques.

Spring Chinook fishing on Three Rivers has picked up a bit, but is still only fair. There are some fish being caught, but the action is sporadic. Anglers are reminded that “Anti-Snagging Gear Restrictions” (page 16 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations) are in effect from May 1 to July 15, and from the Cedar Creek Hatchery deadline to the marker downstream of Gauldy Mtn. Road Bridge is youth fishing only (ages 17 and under) from June 1 to July 15.

Summer steelhead fishing has been fair on the Nestucca and in Three Rivers, with fish throughout the system Target riffles and the top of pools during first and last light, and concentrate on deeper holding pools once the sun is on the water. Fishing stealthy, with light gear, and targeting first and last light is often the key to success with these fish.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

Notice: Farmer Creek Wayside and boat ramp will be closed this coming weekend and into the following week while ODOT makes repairs.

SALMON RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

Fishing the Siletz
Fishing on the Siletz River
-Photo by Andy Walgamott-

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, trout

The Siletz River opened for wild Chinook on April 1 (1 per day and 2 per season). Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are being caught, and fishing should continue to improve. Recycling hatchery summer steelhead from the Siletz Falls trap has ended for the season. Casting spinners, drifting bait or using a bobber and jig can be effective.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

SIUSLAW RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

Spring Chinook fishing on the bay has been slow and sporadic, and will probably start to wind down. Trolling herring in the lower bay, and spinners in the upper, are usually the go to techniques.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing on the Trask has been fair to slow. There are fish throughout the system. Anglers are reminded that, 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (which includes the Hatchery hole) is closed to angling July 16 – Oct. 15.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

The Trask doesn’t have much of a summer steelhead run but there may be some Wilson River fish around.

Anglers are reminded that from Cedar Creek boat slide (River Mile 10.9) downstream to marker at Loren’s drift (River Mile 9.0) from May 1 – July 31, angling is restricted to fly-fishing or salmon bobber fishing (see diagram on page 16 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Spring Chinook, trout

Spring Chinook fishing has been slow on the Wilson.

Summer steelhead fishing has picked up a bit on the Wilson River and is fair. There are fish throughout the system, and fresh fish are still coming in. Target riffles and the top of pools during first and last light, and concentrate on deeper holding pools once the sun is on the water. Fishing stealthy, with light gear, and targeting first and last light is often the key to success with these fish.

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember, the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8 inches.

YAQUINA RIVER: trout

Trout season opened May 22, and there should be some nice cutthroat around. Remember, the limit on streams and rivers is two per day over 8-inches.

  Northwest Zone Hunting

OPEN: COUGAR

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.

 Northwest Zone Wildlife Viewing

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
- Photo by Greg Gillson-

The many hiking trails on State Forest land on the north coast (Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests) offer the chance to traverse a variety of forest stand types and ages from young open stands to mature timber ranging in elevation from near sea level to over 3,000 feet. Birds of the Coast Range include pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, pygmy owl, varied thrush, winter wren and an assemblage of warblers, among others.

Birds aren’t the only wildlife with young to attend to this time of year. Many mammals will have offspring with them as they forage in early summer. Mammal viewing can be challenging – the best times are very early morning and late evening near forest edges and water features and most mammals are far less numerous than birds at any location. Pre-scouting will pay off for the hopeful photographer to help find tracks, scat and other sign along trails and areas of higher activity to help focus effort.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

The Kilchis Point Reserve Trail is an interpretive trail located in Bay City just west of Hwy 101. Trails wind through forested wetland and marsh habitats and are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, with interpretive signs along the loop. Birds present include warblers, thrushes, chickadee, swallows, owls and herons (both green and great blue).

CLATSOP COUNTY

The interpretive trail through the wetlands near Cullaby Lake is an easy 1.5 mile loop. The trail passes along lakefront and forested areas and should provide opportunities for viewing osprey and bald eagle (there are nests nearby and fish in the lake) as well as killdeer, swallows and marsh nesters such as red-winged blackbird. Cullaby Lake Lane is between mileposts 13 and 14 on Hwy 101.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Roosevelt Elk

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. With the warm weather, viewing has been restricted to early mornings and late evenings. Good places to look are the Fishhawk Tract along Hwy 202 and the Beneke Tract along the first 1.5 miles of Beneke Creek Road. Elk calves and their mothers have joined back into the larger herds. Watch for vegetation movement behind adults as calves follow their mothers through the tall grass. As fields are mowed elk should be more visible when they are out. Several black-tailed deer with fawns have been observed in and around the main viewing area. Tree and violet-green swallows can be seen gliding over fields and nesting in boxes along view area fence lines. Band-tailed pigeons have been seen near viewing areas along Hwy 202. A variety of song birds are visible throughout the area, especially near the bird feeders at most viewing areas.

Visitors are reminded that areas posted as Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access. Posted portions of the Beneke Tract are open to the public starting March 16 and remain open until August 1.

Wildlife Area Parking Permits are required on the wildlife area. (Updated 6/30/17)


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