North coast rivers primed for early steelhead

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The Guides Forecast

The Guides Forecast

Sep 17, 2020
Reports following the current rain freshet aren’t all that encouraging coming from the NF Nehalem hatchery. Hatchery workers reported “A few fish” on Wednesday and Thursday, with the hopes that the mother lode is coming any day now. It’s definitely peak time for these early returning fish.

The Necanicum, Three Rivers, Big and Gnat Creeks and the Klaskanine are also early season steelhead streams that should be fishing good right now.

The Wilson and mainstem Nestucca will see the higher quality broodstock fish return next month but a few wild fish are entering the larger systems now. The Dam Hole on the Trask should be productive in the higher flows this weekend, especially for an occasional wild fish.

There’s another week of Chinook fishing left, but few anglers in pursuit.

Bay crabbing was reportedly fair earlier this week on Tillamook Bay. Netarts and especially the lower Columbia should remain productive when weather and tides are favorable.

There was a brief window of ocean opportunity on Tuesday, but no reports of anglers/crabbers taking advantage of it. The next window is nowhere in sight.
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