NW Oregon fishing report

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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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