Coastal Fishing, Hunting Reports

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Tony Big Fish


ODFW Recreation Report – Apr. 12, 2016

Spring turkey hunting opens April 15

Last year’s harvest was the highest since 2010 and this year could be even better thanks to good production and low over-winter mortality. Find out what to expect at the Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast.

Last chance to report late-season tags

A reminder to hunters with tags for 2015 hunts that extended into 2016: the deadline to report is this Friday, April 15. Deer and elk tag holders need to report on time to avoid $25 penalty on their 2017 hunting license. More info

Spring bear hunting underway

Some seasons opened April 1, the rest open April 15. Hunting tips and more information in the 2016 Spring Bear Hunting Forecast and also see district reports below.

Apply for a controlled hunt by May 15

Beat the long lines that happen right before the deadline and apply now—online, at a license sales agent or by mail or fax order. Don’t forget to put in for Oregon’s new Premium Hunts.

Reservoirs filling up nicely for spring fishing

Reservoirs around the state are filling up nicely, which after last year’s drought, bodes well for boat fishing prospects this year. Oregon offers many spectacular lakes and reservoirs where boat fishing is allowed and offer an array of interesting game fish to consider … from the warmwater variety such as bass, crappie and bass to big game species such as steelhead, brown trout, and salmon. Consider putting a reservoir, lake or two into your spring fishing plans.

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year

These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • ODFW will host a Family Fishing event at Hebo Lake on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and ODFW staff and volunteers will be present to provide gear and assistance to those who want to learn how to fish. The lake will be stocked with 3,000 fish for this event.
  • Devil’s Lake near Lincoln City will be stocked this week with 7.000 larger than average hatchery rainbow trout.
  • Spring is a good time to start fishing for warmwater species. While warmwater fishing tends to be slow in the winter it can pick up quickly in the spring as these fish move to the shallows for spawning.
  • Winter steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Nehalem, Trask, and Wilson rivers.

Trout season in coastal river systems will re-open May 22, 2016.

2016 trout stocking schedule

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Coast Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is underway in many locations along the mid coast. Look at the stocking report to see the full stocking season.

Fishing for the various warm water fish species tends to be slower during the winter month but can pick up quickly as spring nears and fish move to the shallows for spawning. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity and have both boat and bank access.

ALSEA RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. This time of year does tend to be dominated by more wild fish and post spawn run backs. Casting spinners / spoons, floating bait or a jig, or bouncing bottom with an egg pattern are good options.

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: steelhead

The mainstem Nehalem River should produce fair to good angling for steelhead for a couple more weeks when conditions are conducive to angling. The north fork closed March 31.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook

Steelhead fishing has slowed as the river clears and flows drop. Fish are available throughout the entire fishery area (Reminder- upstream of Moon Cr., at Blaine is closed). Side drifting, bobber doggin’, or drift fishing have been productive. Bobber and jig is a good method in clearer water. Spring Chinook season opened April 1, but few, if any fish are around yet.

SALMON RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow. This time of year is typically dominated by mostly wild fish. Side drifting, bouncing bottom or bobber fishing can be productive.

SIUSLAW RIVER:

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, sturgeon

Spring Chinook should begin to show up in small numbers toward the end of April. Fishing will be slow until then. Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is fair. Fish the channel edges on the outgoing tides.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Winter steelhead fishing should be fair. Use lighter lines and smaller presentations in the clear water. The north and south forks closed. Spring Chinook angling opened April 1, but expect very few fish to be present for a few weeks.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Steelhead angling has slowed in the low clear water. Scale your gear down and choose techniques that fit low water. Bobber and jigs should be an effective technique. Spring Chinook opened April 1, but fishing is generally very slow until later in the season.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The river basin is closed to all fishing above the head of tide and will reopen for cutthroat trout fishing on May 22.

NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY (opens April 15)

Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.

See regulations for details (pdf).

Controlled spring bear opened April 1, see the hunting forecast for tips.


ODFW Recreation Report – Apr. 1, 2016

36 Family Fishing Events happening this year

These popular events take place in some great places and are typically stocked in advance with a lot of fish. On top of that, ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors. List of events

Reservoirs filling up nicely for spring fishing

Reservoirs around the state are filling up nicely, which after last year’s drought, bodes well for boat fishing prospects this year. Oregon offers many spectacular lakes and reservoirs where boat fishing is allowed and offer an array of interesting game fish to consider … from the warmwater variety such as bass, crappie and bass to big game species such as steelhead, brown trout, and salmon. Consider putting a reservoir, lake or two into your spring fishing plans.

Some spring bear hunts open April 1

With the normal winter this year, expect the best bear hunting later in the season, though some districts report active bears already. See more info in regional reports below.

ODFW rolls out ‘trophy trout’ program at five Oregon fishing venues

Thousands of extra-large hatchery rainbow trout will be released in several Oregon fishing holes this spring as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rolls out an enhanced “Trophy Trout” program this year to add a little juice to the spring trout season. More than 10,000 two-pound rainbows ranging from one to three pounds will be released at five locations around the state starting from now through May. Trophy Trout locations for 2016 are: Phillips Reservoir in Baker County, Willow Creek Reservoir in Morrow County, Timothy Lake in Clackamas County, Trojan Pond in Columbia County, and Garrison Lake in Curry County.

Winter steelhead fishing

There is still excellent winter steelhead fishing to be had around the state but some fisheries have already seen their peaks – so get out while the getting is still good. Alert anglers will keep any eye on their favorite streams to look for the perfect combination of color, temperature, and flow.

Introducing Premium Hunts – Apply by May 15

ODFW’s new Premium Hunts give you the chance to draw a deer, elk or pronghorn tag with a months-long season. Premium Hunts are similar to the auction and raffle tags that people can pay thousands of dollars for, but cost the same as a regular tag. Apply by May 15. More info

FISHING

Weekend fishing opportunities:

  • Devil’s Lake near Lincoln City will be stocked this week with 6,500 hatchery rainbow trout
  • Winter steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Necanicum, Nehalem, Kilchis Siletz, Wilson and Trask rivers.

 

Trout season in coastal river systems will re-open May 22, 2016.

2016 trout stocking schedule

The 2016 trout stocking schedules for the North Coast Watershed (pdf) District and the South Willamette Watershed (pdf) District are posted on the ODFW Trout Stocking Page. Take a look to find out when and where Oregon’s hatchery trout are being released around the state.

 

MID COAST LAKES

Rainbow trout stocking is underway in many locations along the mid coast. Look at the stocking report to see the full stocking season.

Fishing for the various warm water fish species tends to be slower during the winter month but can pick up quickly as spring nears and fish move to the shallows for spawning. There are numerous lakes in the Florence area that can provide good opportunity and have both boat and bank access.

ALSEA RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is slow to fair. Recent rains have brought in some new fish to the upper river. This time of year does tend to be dominated by more wild fish and post spawn run backs. Casting spinners / spoons, floating bait or a jig, or bouncing bottom with an egg pattern are good options.

KILCHIS RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good depending on conditions, with fish spread out through the river. Primarily wild fish are being caught.

NECANICUM RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing should be fair to good. Mostly wild fish are showing in the catch.

NEHALEM RIVER AND BAY: steelhead

Winter steelhead angling in the North Fork Nehalem should be fair. The mainstem Nehalem River should produce fair to good angling when conditions are conducive to angling.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead

Steelhead fishing should be good this week as the river drops into good fishing condition. Fish are available throughout the entire fishery area. Side drifting, bobber doggin’, or drift fishing have been productive.

SALMON RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is fair and fish can be found throughout the mainstem as river conditions allow. Casting lures, bouncing the bottom or drifting jigs or bait under a bobber are good techniques to consider.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing is fair. Recent rains over the last week have brought in a new batch of fish but the run does tend to be dominated by mostly wild fish this time of year. Side drifting, bouncing bottom or bobber fishing can be productive.

SIUSLAW RIVER: steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery is slow to fair for both the Siuslaw and Lake Creek systems. Recent rains over the last week have brought in some new fish. Casting lures, bobber fishing or pulling plugs are good options.

TILLAMOOK BAY: sturgeon

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon could be good. Fish the channel edges on the outgoing tides.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing should be fair to good. The north and south forks close at the end of March. The East Fork Trask is closed to all angling.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead,

Steelhead angling has generally been good. Fish are available throughout the river. All techniques are producing fish. Side drifting and bobber doggin’ are popular with boaters. Bobber and jigs should produce well as the river clears.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery is slow in the Big Elk with very few hatchery fish around this time of year. Casting lures or bobbers fishing are the best techniques for this river.

NORTH COAST HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR (opens April 1)

Cougar are most effectively taken by using predator calls. However, cougar densities are relatively low on the north coast. Successful hunters, remember you must check in cougar (hide and skull) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest and bring them in unfrozen. It’s also a good idea to prop their mouths open with a stick after harvest for easier tissue sampling, teeth collection and tagging.
See regulations for details (pdf).

 


 

Tony

Another Amazing Fish!!!! Caught by Tony

Local Fisherman Tony Thomas catching trout at Big Creek in Newport

Local Fisherman Tony Thomas catching trout at Big Creek in Newport

SHOW AND TELL 

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Here is a nice deer taken back in 2010 by Joe Goodell of Toledo.

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