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North Coast Fishing Report - It's been a tough week for steelheaders working north coast systems. With dropping and clearing river systems, fish are a bit more timid and fewer fresh ones are showing up in the catches.


The Wilson has produced fair at best most recently, and plenty of anglers would even call that a generous assessment. One guide reporting going 3 for 5 last weekend, but that was a rare good day, with 2 of the 3 being hatchery take home keepers. It's been a struggle as of late.


The Nestucca system has produced even poorer results, with numerous boats drawing blanks after putting in a good effort, and I mean NUMEROUS boats. The water conditions are better than that on the Wilson, the fish simply aren't there. Apparently, there is also a harbor seal to "seal the deal," and make it even that much more challenging in finding a willing biter.


The Siletz has cooled, but still may be one of the better bets on the north coast. The lower reaches are producing better now that flows have subsided and water clarity is improving. The Alsea remains slow.


The Trask has also slowed and anglers are calling for more rain, which doesn't look to be in the forecast anytime soon. There should be some sizeable wild fish entering into the Trask when the next rain freshet arrives.


Other smaller systems are too low to have high expectations. The Kilchis, Necanicum, NF Nehalem and Three Rivers will all be poor prospects this weekend.


The Nehalem may be a great option under this water regime. The entire river should have fair numbers of fish present, as anglers need to keep in mind however, the depressed return of adults this season. The Nehalem won't be exempt from witnessing these compromised returns. It will however, be in ideal shape this weekend.


The ocean is finally giving up a bounty of bottomfish for the anglers engaged in this opportunity. I'm going out tomorrow (Friday) and plan on fresh fish tacos for Friday night! Hopefully the lingcod are as cooperative as the bass are likely to be. The 2021 bag limit is 6 fish per person and HERE are the other regulations you have to pay attention to. It should be good fishing on Friday, and Saturday morning as well before the winds kick up in the afternoon.


Ocean crabbing may be fair, estuary crabbing remains hit or miss although the crab are in great shape!
 
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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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