The Guides Forecast
- Sep 17, 2020
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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