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Thanks for the 411! Its been really slow down here on the south coast systems as well
 
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North Coast Fishing Report – You read that right, guides cancelling trips. It’s been that tough of a steelhead season.

Wilson River guides and anglers are catching on occasional steelhead, but it’s usually the guides that are taking an aggressive approach to fishing. They’ll work the lower reaches of the rivers early and quickly, taking advantage of new fish that may be inspired to bite, most likely because they haven’t seen an anglers offerings just yet. For the Wilson, that means Donaldson’s to Sollie Smith, or if you have a motor, anglers might fish downstream of Sollie Smith Bridge itself. Regardless, success rates have been low with nearly an equal mix of wild and hatchery fish falling on a rare occasion. It’s been next to worthless to put in a full day’s effort. There’s just not the number of fish around to justify it.

If you can believe it, the Nestucca has been even more challenging. Guides are going days without landing a fish and to exacerbate the problem, harbor seals are plying the waters upstream of 1st Bridge and taking steelhead right off the spawning beds before fish get a chance to do their thing. It’s bad enough that there aren’t many adults showing up. Let’s hope the pinniped predation doesn’t compromise the future of this run.

Other systems such as the Siletz, Trask, Alsea, Kilchis and even the Nehalem, have been producing poorly. At least the Nehalem has been in good shape when other north coast systems are running quite low. Smaller streams such as the Necanicum, NF Nehalem and Three Rivers are simply a waste of time due to spooky fish in low, clear water. The Salmonberry River (Nehalem system) has been a fair option but obviously it too, has been short on returning adults.

There should still be a few more weeks of opportunity for steelhead this season and this weekend’s rain freshet should re-invigorate the return, but it’s clear by now, it’s far from a banner year on the north coast for steelhead. Summer steelhead will be a distant finisher as well.

With such dismal steelhead reports, the ports were jammed packed, full of saltwater anglers looking for offshore opportunity. Big blue didn’t disappoint as sea bass, lingcod and Dungeness crab all fell to anxious anglers fishing the nearshore and offshore as well. Calm seas were seen a few times late last week and this week, but that will change in the very near future.

We fished dinner reef and came up with about 15 or 16 black sea bass and about that many nice Dungeness crab for a 4-hour effort. It wasn’t as good as we had hoped and there were plenty of boats fishing in the vicinity that weren’t doing even that good.

Bay crabbers had a lot of competition as well, they fared mediocre at best.

The Guide’s Forecast – A much needed rain freshet is already starting to rise district rivers, but it’s not supposed to be a deluge so anglers shouldn’t be out of commission for long, if at all. We’ll be fishing tomorrow on the Wilson, excited about a slow rise that will hopefully draw in fresh fish for a good smack-down on Friday morning. All district rivers will benefit from a rain freshet although it doesn’t look to be a big one, which wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings either.

Meanwhile, we’re keeping our 4-point suggestion box available to you below, it certainly applies again this week. The good news, we’re in peak season right now1

Anglers have heard us preach the staples of fishing on a coastal river system, they haven’t changed: (Re-read these, we’ve added some fodder to #1 & 2!)

This post was limited in size so you can see the full report here.

Now, onto the river by river forecast!

Mainstem Nehalem River – Until the rain raises the river levels, the Nehalem will remain the best bet. That said, it too should be on the rise as early as Friday afternoon, which could prove productive as fish start to sense a growing opportunity. The lower reaches should produce as well as the upper reaches but once the river starts a shape incline, the bite will shut off.

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Wilson River – The Wilson should see good action in the slow rise we’ll witness on Friday morning. Overall, it’s really only supposed to rise a little over half a foot, which is sorely needed, yet may not put fish off when it happens. By Sunday, the river is expected to level off, which should make for some good steelhead fishing into early next week. Follow the guidelines above, based on what the water conditions are doing, but if the river comes up as is expected, the entire river from Siskeyville to Sollie Smith should hold fair to good numbers of fish, especially given the fact we’ve been a significant amount of time with low, clear water conditions. Once the hydrograph flattens out, don’t overlook pulling plugs as an effective means of drawing strikes. Bait and soft beads as well as pink worms should provide some good opportunities for anglers throughout the weekend.

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Nestucca River – Despite the Nestucca hitting rock bottom, a fresh batch of fish should hit the river this weekend. This river has shown serious signs of stress however, with low adult returns to date and seals working the river as well. None-the-less, this rain freshet should provide a late season opportunity for anglers still willing to try their luck. The rivers should theoretically be less busy as spring Chinook reports have improved and winter steelhead results have faltered but the steelheader can be a different and surprising animal. One just can’t simply pass up a “steelhead green” river system. Given the mediocrity of the rise predicted, it may be best to stick to the water downstream of 1st Bridge.

Siletz River – The Siletz for all intents and purposes, should be largely over, for hatchery fish anyway. This river does get a substantial return of wild fish and given the surprising number of hatchery fish this system saw in the early season, it may be worthwhile this weekend, if you’re ok with catch and release fishing. Like the extensive Nestucca, fishing the lower reaches will likely be the better bet if the rain isn’t all that significant.

Trask River – The Trask will benefit from the district rainfall predicted. There should be a few hatchery strays here, but from here on out, wild fish will dominate the catches. The river won’t come up enough to safely float a boat down the upper reach (Stone’s Camp to Upper Peninsula), but Cedar Creek down should produce some fair catch and release options this weekend, and into next week.

Alsea River – There should be a better showing of wild fish on the Alsea, and a rare hatchery broodstock fish too. It likely won’t light up, but due to the mediocrity of the return this year, there isn’t much competition.

Necanicum River – The Necanicum often gets a fairly good return of March wild fish. This weekend should provide some fair to good opportunities for those that put a pontoon boat down it, or bank fish the upper reaches if that’s your thing.

North Fork Nehalem – There should be some wild fish available in the NF Nehalem for the few that will be in pursuit of them. Like the Necanicum, there may be a few spawned out hatchery fish headed their way back downstream. There may be enough rain to inspire a batch of wild ones to make their way upstream, with Saturday being the best option when the hydrograph flattens out.

Three Rivers – Big and Gnat Creek – Klaskanine River – Not much left to pursue in these systems. There might be a few wild fish entering, but the run is so low, they probably shouldn’t be harassed.

The ocean doesn’t look like it will give up much opportunity this weekend, or next week either for that matter. Here is the ocean forecast, I don’t think it’s worth a look at this point:

Bay crabbing may be fair at best, given the relatively low amounts of precipitation we’ve received as of late. Tides look to be good too, but watch that wind as it’s likely to be fierce at times this weekend.

This post was limited in size so you can see the full report here.
 
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There aren't many steelheaders still in pursuit of north coast fish, but those that are, are still finding fair success on the Wilson and Nestucca systems. Despite low, clear water conditions, early birds are still getting the worm but stealthy tactics are necessary. The run, as low as it was, will still provide sport through mid-month.

Although spring Chinook season is open on the north coast, we're still weeks away from hopeful opportunity in the Tillamook system.

Meanwhile, the ocean is slated to lay down this weekend, providing hungry anglers will ample opportunity for large lingcod and seabass out of all coastal ports. Ocean Chinook season is open, but you stand a much better chance at an inland spring Chinook than one from the salt this time of year.

Ocean and Columbia River salmon seasons will be set this month and anglers are excited about the opportunities. We'll report on that when the plans get set.


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Bob Rees bottom fishing
 
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With rivers still low and clear, steelhead success, and interest for that matter, is waning. No doubt, if we get another shot of rain (none on the horizon), there'll be one last shot of good steelhead fishing to be had. As for now, those late run winters are likely holed up in the tidewater reaches of each of the north coast systems now. The Nestucca and Wilson will remain late season favorites for hatchery fish.

Check any other system on the north coast before you go steelheading, some of them closed on April 1st.

No sign of Tillamook springers just yet, we're still a month away from any real hope.

Seas look rough for the week, but when you can get out, the fishing is quite good. Tamara Mautner of Garibaldi Charters (503-322-0007) reports the deep reef action is great right now. Some of the rockfish are running a bit small, but lings between 10 and 20 pounds are common, and the best eating size anyway! Crabbing is oddly awesome too, with 6 - 10 keepers per pot just outside of Tillamook Bay.

Check out this ling on ling action one of their boats snapped last week. The larger ling weighed in at around 26 pounds! I'm glad those things don't swim the nearby beaches!

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North Coast Fishing Report - With steelhead on the wane, coastal anglers are looking west for a bottomfish bonanza and the ensuing salmon season, likely to be quite productive. Offshore weather looks quite favorable for a foray this week and weekend so use caution, but sea bass, lingcod and good crabbing all await.

There's still a few steelhead being caught in the lower reaches of the Wilson and Nestucca systems. Go early, fish light gear and maybe you'll get lucky. Summer steelhead have yet to show and it's still a month early for spring Chinook too, although there are rumors of some around the Trask River.

Catch and keep sturgeon season downstream of Wauna won't happen for another month but it's never too soon to explore. The reach from the mouth of the Cowlitz to Wauna Powerlines (near Westport, OR) should be a good option for you to look at.


It's transition time on the Oregon Coast, but when summer kicks in, there will be plenty to fish for. Halibut, coho and more bottomfishing is the summer mainstay, anglers will just have to be patient a little while longer.
 
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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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North Coast anglers haven't had much opportunity in recent days. Strong NW winds have kept much of the fleet at bay, including the all-depth halibut opener that took place today. There were some boats that went offshore for halibut out of Garibaldi, but results were poor, really poor actually. Newport likely fared better, but given the wind waves thrashing big blue today, I'm not sure anyone had fun.

Bottomfishing remains productive, but again, strong winds kept much of the fleet in port. Ocean crabbing remains good, and crabbers working Tillamook Bay have been pleased with their results.

Spring Chinook fishing is certainly underway in Tillamook Bay, but no one is expecting terrific results. There's a few fish being caught each day, either in the upper bay in the morning, or the lower bay in the afternoon. Either way, it's challenging but we're entering peak season for the next 4 weeks just now.

District rivers remain too low to have high expectations, the region is in desperate need of precipitation.

Good trout fishing remains on the north coast, the trout stocking trucks will remain busy for the next several weeks.
 
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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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Pro guide Bob Rees with Dan Fitzgerald with a 49 keeper sturgeon from the lower Columbia River. The fish took a sand shrimp on May 22nd.


Pro guide Bob Rees with Dan Fitzgerald with a 49″ keeper sturgeon from the lower Columbia River. The fish took a sand shrimp on May 22nd.

North Coast Fishing Report – Sturgeon is all the rage this week, as the sturgeon bite is picking up in the Astoria area as of late. Sturgeon are well distributed throughout the estuary, but as the water warms, the bite is picking up. Sand shrimp and anchovies are working well, it’s just a matter of finding feeding fish.

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.

Spring Chinook continue to challenge anglers in the Tillamook district. Strong tides are favoring upper bay anglers and it will be that way through the weekend as well. Moss often plagues the upper bay on these stronger tides so consider a high tide troll with herring to avoid all that hot mess.

Despite some fair bursts of rain, district rivers remain low and clear, but cloud-cover has inspired more effort.

The ocean remains a bit too rough for comfortable fishing. Lingcod and sea bass will wait for calmer seas, Sunday looks like the best opportunity. Nearshore halibut are happening, but you’ll still have to work for them to find any consistent success.

Ocean crabbing remains good and should for a few more weeks before the summer molt comes on. Razor clam digging in the district remains closed. Too bad given this current minus tide series.

Good trout fishing remains on the north coast, the trout stocking trucks will remain busy for the next several weeks.
 
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David McMurtrey and Tony Garboden with twin 50″ keepers from the
lower Columbia River. These two brutes came on a double on June 2nd.

North Coast Fishing Report – Spring Chinook remain largely elusive in Tillamook County but fish are being caught nearly every day. The upper bay fished best on the strong tide series early this week, but tides are diminishing so the lower bay will become the target this weekend. Of course the ocean is an option as well with the best weather coming Friday and Saturday, but always volatile this time of year so check the latest offshore weather forecast before venturing out.

Halibut fishing out of Newport was productive today, Saltwater anglers have been dry-docked in recent weeks due to rough weather at the halibut grounds. Nearshore halibut catches have been productive out of Newport as well for those not wishing to venture too far west. Garibaldi and Pacific City haven’t been producing all that many halibut in recent weeks.

Bottomfishing has been a bit spottier lately, but persistent anglers are still finding plenty to brag about. Some nice lingcod continue to hit the deck despite the all-depth option off the table for the next several months.

Ocean crabbing has tapered off on much of the north coast. Bay crabbing in Tillamook remains good and tides are favorable for a bountiful harvest.

Tillamook district rivers have spring Chinook and very few summer steelhead available to anglers, but low water conditions continue to challenge bank anglers. Rivers remain too low to float a driftboat down.

Rivers and streams are open to trout fishing and cutthroat should be numerous. Check local regulations carefully before venturing out.
 
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Opportunities are about to pop for north coast anglers.

Nearshore and all-depth halibut fisheries, ocean coho (south of Cape Falcon), spring Chinook, catch and keep sturgeon fishing, bottomfishing and crabbing are all on the table for anglers on the central and north coast this weekend. Now, we just need the weather and fish to cooperate.

Most fisheries are progressing as expected, spring Chinook in Tillamook Bay remains challenging, but we’re in peak season.

District rivers will see a slight river bump over the weekend, but fish are likely to respond given how dry the weather has been as of late. Summer steelhead action is improving on the Siletz River, but the Wilson and Nestucca remain challenging. Spring Chinook fishing on the Trask and Nestucca should improve this weekend, but anglers will still have to employ low-water strategies for success.

Ocean weather may settle down by Sunday or Monday, but that’ll be too late for those wanting to fish the productive halibut grounds out of Newport.

Anglers will be anxious to test the waters for the predicted abundant coho return this year. It’s only open south of Cape Falcon starting June 12th. It’s expected to be good, really good. Coho this time of year aren’t large in size however, but soon, they’re expected to put on about a pound per week when feed is most abundant.

Ocean crabbing is getting more challenging as quality crab have headed for the deeper water, at least out of Newport. We’re approaching molt season so the window for quality crab is quickly closing. Bay crabbing has become more challenging as well.


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The ocean is forecasted to be windy this week, with lots of “Small Craft Advisories” due to come out, limiting the ocean opportunity for salmon, halibut, bottomfish and crab. Anxious anglers will have to wait for safer conditions, but when seas calm, it should be game on.

There are indications that bottomfishing has become more challenging, but halibut and salmon fishing should be good when the weather allows. Ocean crab are starting to molt, so finding a quality one may become more challenging.

Tillamook Bay anglers have a soft tide series to look forward to this weekend. Trolling herring along the inside of the jaws may be one of the better district options on the north coast. Target high tide and the last half of outgoing.

River fishing on the Trask and Three Rivers improved with last week’s rain freshet, but levels are back down to summer lows. Sea-run cutthroat in the tidewater reaches of most north coast systems, along with the estuaries themselves should prove productive for the few participating in this fishery.

The lower Columbia should produce some summer Chinook as the westerly deadline is now the Astoria/Megler Bridge. High tide above the bridge with bait or spinners could produce fair catches. Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains good in the Astoria area, with most fish over 50″ in length.

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Ocean coho reports aren’t glowing, but they’re not dismal either. Saltwater anglers are out after them and given the volatility of ocean weather lately, they’re trying for about everything they can. Nearshore halibut is on the menu too.

Central Coast reports have been fair for coho, few are limiting. It’s even slower out of Garibaldi. No one is real worried yet, it’s too early for that, but with water temperatures improving, anglers will be coming in with high expectations in the coming weeks. Chinook catches are rare.

There are some nearshore halibut falling out of Newport, Pacific City and Garibaldi/Nehalem in recent days.

Spring Chinook fishing is tapering, as if it ever got real good. There remains some effort in tidewater, but fish that were stacked in there a few weeks ago have migrated upstream. It’ll be sporadic fishing for the remainder of the month.

District rivers, as you might imagine, are low, clear and rather challenging to catch salmon or steelhead in right now.

Trolling or casting for sea-run cutthroat trout remains an under-utilized and under-appreciated fishery in most north coast estuaries this time of year.

Bottomfishing has gotten more challenging, but it varies by day, with lingcod action picking up slightly from previous weeks.

Ocean crabs are turning soft and that won’t get any better.
 
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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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North Coast Fishing Report​

Long-awaited coho catches improved on most central and north coast ports this week. Newport, Depoe Bay, Pacific City and Garibaldi all reported drastically improved catches this week. Ocean weather is going to blow up from a north wind perspective so plan your trip accordingly. You don’t want to be bucking your way back to port with a stiff wind in your face.

The Newport commercial halibut fleet reported dismal catches this week, not a good sign for the sport fleet seeking the same in both the nearshore and all-depth fisheries coming up, assuming we actually get to fish those openers based on weather conditions. There’s a lot of quota still on the table.

Ocean crabs are molting big time. Bay crabbing might be the better option with the upcoming wind forecast.

Bottomfishing remains great but lingcod are becoming harder to find.

Be safe on the water, boat in trouble.


Safety First

If you have not seen it, there is an hour webinar, Tips for Safely Fishing the Ocean Outside the Columbia River from June that is a must see if you are heading out there. It is FREE and provides valuable information. See it here

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North Coast ports continue to pump out good catches of coho, and an occasional Chinook. Newport, Pacific City and Garibaldi are all productive ports for coho with limits quite common when boats can get out.

An improving weather pattern this weekend should spur catches with peak season soon upon us.

Ocean crabbing is fair, but a large percentage of the keepers are on a soft-shell state. Bay crabbing is challenging for keepers as well.

Halibut fishing is only fair, but again, weather for the all-depth anglers has been challenging. There’s lots of quota left for the summer and fall seasons. Bottomfishing remains consistently good.

There are reports of albacore out of Newport, but given the weather and distance needed to travel, the fleet isn’t overly motivated just yet. That will change in the coming weeks however.

District rivers remain low and warm, keeping anglers from trying their hand at an already challenging summer steelhead return. Summer Chinook in the Nehalem should improve in the coming weeks however.
 
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With the reported hot coho bite still happening off the Central and North Coast Ports, anglers remain focused on their saltwater options.

Although success rates tapered slightly in recent days, limits remain quite feasible for those still willing to put in some work, especially those willing to get an early jumpstart on their ocean adventure.

Newport remains a relative hotspot, but Depoe Bay, Pacific City and Garibaldi both remain strong options for those seeking a simple saltwater success story for coho. Chinook are also showing in the catches but remain just a fraction of the overall retained catch for these ports.

Updated chinook and coho catches by port can be found HERE. We are far from attaining any quotas for
the Oregon coast so keep fishing with confidence.

Halibut fishing remains challenging out of most Oregon ports. It seems they may just not have migrated this far south and high numbers this year. Things can change for this fishery however but as of now, halibut fishing is highly inconsistent. The next all depth opportunity is July 29 – 31. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

Freshwater fishing is in the tank. Summer steelhead remains an option on the Siletz, Nestucca, Three Rivers and Wilson, but all these systems have been poorly performing all summer. Spring Chinook are starting to darken and given the mediocre return, should be left alone.

Commercial boats are bringing in albacore tuna, but larger schools of “albies” remain a bit too far offshore for most to get intrigued.

Most northern and central ports are reporting a large percentage of soft-shell crab in their catches. It might be best to wait a few weeks.

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The famed BUOY 10 season opens up on Sunday, August 1st. Although it’s not expected to be fantastic right out of the gate, it should be a good season. Steelhead and Chinook members will soon be able to access DAILY fishing reports AND A DAILY FORECAST to suggest where you should fish the next day via private link on YouTube. We’ll make an official announcement soon. There is no better time than NOW to sign up for a Steelhead, Chinook or SW Washington Membership, especially if you fish the north coast for salmon!

Remember, it’s a mark-select (fin-clipped only) Chinook fishery through August 10th this year! Paid subscribers, we have a detailed forecast for you in the MEMBERS SECTION so be sure to read it if you’re heading to this famed fishery this weekend!

Coho action on the north coast remained relatively stable this week. Catch rates declined in some ports, while slightly improving in others. Overall, the coho fishery offshore remains strong and of particular interest, central and south coast ports remain productive fisheries.

Newport came close to hitting their season high of 1.51 retained salmon per angler with more coho released here than retained as well. A season high of 610 Chinook were retained here last week.

Garibaldi catches dropped off this week, but are still worthwhile. A lot of wild fish have been tallied in the catches. Garibaldi turned in a catch rate of just .74 retained salmon per angler, the lowest reported catch in three weeks.

Overall, it has been a good season on the central coast for coho with many more weeks to go. The ample quota for this year south of the Cape Falcon deadline is around 120,000 fin-clipped fish of which we just hit the 30% mark. Plenty of opportunity remains.

Halibut fishing has been a large disappointment this spring and summer. That doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.
Bottomfishing on the other hand, remains highly productive with ample catches of black seabass and improving catches of lingcod along most of the coastal ports.

Everyone talks tuna this time of year. Reliable reports however indicate they are still relatively far offshore.

Crabbing reports are varying by port. Pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) reported that he’s been getting about 30 keepers a day, circulating through his three pots that soak overnight in Lysters Corner of Tillamook Bay and taking another three offshore when he’s salmon or bottomfishing.

Nehalem Bay is heating up, with fair catches reported from the Wheeler area. It’s getting close to peak season although we’re still 2 weeks away from the best fishing.

Bay crabbing is fair in most estuaries, there are a lot of people seeking success in this easy to participate fishery however. You won’t be alone.

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Salmon, coho in particular remain the primary target for coastal anglers. Deciphering the ODFW creel counts, it appears as if coho are finally starting to migrate north.

Catches out of Winchester Bay and Florence finally tapered significantly, while Pacific City catches improved and Newport remained strong. You can find all the catch statistics by port here.

Garibaldi action remained fair at best, only tallying about a 1/2 fish per rod.

Strong winds, for significant parts of the day, kept most of the sensible fleet at bay. With primary targets such as halibut, albacore and bottom fish, mostly all located far from port, not many anglers were willing to beat themselves silly to go and seek those species offshore under these weather conditions. Fortunately, we have a brief weather break as we will outline in the forecast section of this newsletter.

Even with good action in the south of Cape Falcon Fishery, there still remains over 65% of the quota. The season goes through August 28 and anglers surely won’t harvest to their fullest potential. That will leave plenty of fish left over for the non-select salmon fishery we’ve enjoyed the last several Septembers. It’s likely there will be some quota transfer for this awesome fishery to extend opportunity for those able to take part in it.

Halibut effort and catch has been stagnant recently. There should be some quality fish moving into the nearshore however, taking advantage of the Dungeness crab molt currently underway.

Bottomfishing has been challenging with all the wind; reefs closest to North Coast Ports have been hit hard recently. With competition high, success rates have suffered.

Most crab in the ocean close to coastal ports are in a soft-shell state. Your success rate does increase the longer you soak your pots however. Bay crabbing, particularly in Garibaldi, has been better.

Coastal rivers, with all the warm and dry weather, have suffered for salmon and steelhead angling. Hoot owl regulations remain in effect.

Spring Chinook are on the decline in the Trask, Nestucca and Three Rivers. Summer steelhead are still available in the Wilson, Three Rivers and Siletz systems but given the current water conditions, are challenging to find.
The Nehalem should be hitting its stride this time of year, but anglers remain underwhelmed. Trollers had ideal tides for fishing at the jaws this week and fish were certainly caught, just not with the level of success we’re used to seeing this time of year. Wheeler has produced poorly in recent days.

Trolling for sea-run cutthroat trout remains an underutilized fishery on the north coast and action should be improving in the coming weeks.

The Buoy 10 and Ocean fishing report is a video post this week,

Oregon Fishing Report – Buoy 10 Fishing Report

We’ve had many folks ask about “the toothpick method” video and how to find it. It is posted on our website in our small video section. The first video up, How to Effectively Rig Whole Baits to Troll for Salmon, is what you are looking for. It’s right here.

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