North Oregon coast fishing report

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Ocean weather continues to hamper effort for saltwater species such as nearshore halibut, bottomfish, and salmon. Anglers continue to lick their chops, waiting for the right ocean conditions to get this season underway.

North coast salmon fishing continues to be less than impressive, as we mentioned in Tuesday’s Chinook Member report. A clear northerly progression of the coho schools is underway. Fishing on the opener was fantastic out of Brookings but has since tapered. It turned on last week in Winchester Bay and this week in Florence. The fish are on their way, largely headed to the Columbia River.

Pro guide Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters commented on how abundant forage fish species are on the south coast right now. He has been seeing loads of needlefish, different age classes of herring, and anchovies on the south coast. Pelicans are divebombing on a regular basis, with large flocks clearly visible heading north as well.

Anglers are catching an occasional Chinook however, it’s hard to say one stands as good of a chance for a Chinook as they do for a coho, but that seems to be the case right now.

Catch rates for coho in most central and northern parts remain about one hatchery coho for every five rods. Pretty dismal for a predicted large return, but it is early.

Bottomfishing remains the coastal stable right now, charter boats are still targeting seabass with good success.

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