North coast fishing report

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Winds continue to hamper small craft opportunity for bottomfish and halibut in recent days. Saturday may offer up a good opportunity for both target species and ocean crabbing is worthwhile as well. Some nearshore halibut are falling out of Garibaldi and Pacific City, but Newport remains king when weather allows.

Saltwater Chinook are an option as well, with catches coming from Garibaldi (by the commercial fleet) last week. Spring Chinook tides are good for the south side of Tillamook Bay over the weekend. There’s a few springers falling daily inside Tillamook Bay as well, mostly to trolled herring.

District rivers remain low but the hatcheries on the Trask and Three Rivers both have spring Chinook knocking at their doors. Summer steelhead are scarce in the district.

Sturgeon anglers working the lower Columbia for the limited keeper fishery are starting to produce better catches. As is typically the case, cold water and a lack of anchovies keeps fish from entering the estuary until later in May, June and July. Action is improving as scheduled however.

Call Jason Erickson of Astoria Bait and Tackle before 3:00 p.m. the day before your trip for your sand shrimp and fresh anchovies, should you choose to use them. His phone number is (503) 741-1407.

Good trout fishing remains on the north coast, the trout stocking trucks will remain busy for the next several weeks.
 

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