North coast fishing report

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Larger north coast systems remained high for much of the week with only a few motivated anglers still looking for late-season Chinook. Smaller systems such as the Kilchis offer the best promise, but the Necanicum and possibly the North Fork Nehalem will have a rare late-run Chinook as well.

Anglers fishing the Kilchis are running into WAY more chum than Chinook, even though the targeted chum salmon season ended on November 15th. It's illegal to target chum, but they are much more numerous and often more aggressive than Chinook too.

Other systems should come into fishable shape this week, with the Wilson likely to offer up the best opportunities for late-run Chinook. Most aren't holding out hope for great fishing, but anglers can get surprised if they hit it just right, even on a compromised return like what we're seeing this year.

It's early for steelhead on the north coast, but it wouldn't be a surprise if a fresh returning winter steelhead was caught on the Wilson, North Fork Nehalem, Three Rivers or the Necanicum this weekend or next week. Thanksgiving is the traditional kick-off, but it'll be a wildcard as to how the return performs this year.

Most estuaries are still inundated with fresh water from recent precipitation so crabbing doesn't look all that promising despite fair afternoon tides.

The surf may calm down enough to provide some decent razor clam digging along Clatsop area beaches but don't you dare let your guard down. The minus tide series is currently underway.

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