North coast fishing report

The Guides Forecast

The Guides Forecast

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Some spring Chinook are starting to show in the Tillamook Basin. We're still weeks away from the beginning of the peak but these horse sized springers are something to behold if you're lucky enough to score one. The Trask has a few available as well.

Summer steelhead should be starting to show in the Wilson and Nestucca systems, but given this year's winter return, no one is holding their breath. The Siletz will also become an option but all these north coast streams need an injection of water. Smolts are in the rivers now, making their way downstream, hopefully greeted by a friendly ocean.

Bottomfishing remains productive for most anglers, but fish can still be temperamental on some days and during some times of the tide as well. Lingcod are larger offshore and increasingly more challenging to find inshore.

The nearshore halibut fishery opens inside of 40 fathoms on May 1st, all depths south of Humbug Mountain. The more consistent fishing will take place when the all-depth fishery opens along the Central Coast later in May. All the halibut seasons can be found HERE. Book your favorite charter boat NOW!

Catch and keep sturgeon fishing opens in a few weeks, we'll report on that as the season nears.

Anglers can fish for spring Chinook in Young's Bay right now. It's a challenging fishery but the fish are high quality. Check the ODF&W web site for details on when the gillnets fish to avoid any conflicts.
 
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