A chance of showers continues on the Oregon Coast through this weekend, but the rivers should at least be dropping back into average flows by then according to the Northwest River Forecast Center.
Winter-runs are beginning to arrive there, but a load of fat trout also began splashing into Willamette Valley lakes this week.
Further afield there are even more ops — check ”em out, courtesy of ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report!
- Bait anglers are doing well in the upper Rogue upstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp.
- The wild coho season continues through Dec. 31 in the Tenmile Basin and fishing has been good.
- Waiting on water levels in the Elk and Sixes to fall to fishable levels? Why not check out Garrison Lake, which offers some nice fall fishing for holdover trout.
- Alsea: The first part of the winter steelhead run is starting to show up. Best opportunities will be in the lower river when conditions allow. During high water conditions, plunking can be very effective. The fall chinook fishery is slow. Most remaining fish are actively spawning or in spawning condition. Anglers are advised avoid spawning fish if possible.
- Lower Columbia tribs: A few early winter steelhead are available in Big Creek, Gnat Creek, and/or the Klaskanine. Angling should be fair, with improving prospects as the month goes on.
- Nehalem River: High water has slowed angling opportunity. The main river will take some time to clear. Fishing for wild coho is closed. Winter steelhead have arrived in the north fork, and fishing should be fair to good as water conditions allow.
- Siletz: Steelhead fishing is slow but some winter fish are starting to show up. Summer run fish can be found in the mid to upper river. Look for the falling river level late in the week to be productive. Fishing for chinook is slow. Most salmon are actively spawning or in spawning condition. Anglers are encouraged to avoid spawning fish when possible.
- Nestucca: The river was in good fishing condition late last week. Expect fishing for chinook to be fair, with some bright fish still available. Anglers are reminded that the river is closed to angling for chinook upstream of First Bridge (near Beaver). The wild coho fishery is closed as of November 26. Increasing numbers of winter steelhead are in the system. The best prospects are in Three Rivers for these early returning fish. About 70 winter steelhead were recycled last week to the lower river.
- Wilson: Fall chinook fishing was fair to good last week as the water dropped into good shape, but slowed as the water cleared. Forecasted rains should bring another shot of fish into the river. Bobber and bait or backbouncing bait has been productive when conditions are good. Steelhead fishing is improving as fish are entering the river. Fish have been reported caught through the system. The South Fork (lower 1 mile) opened December 1 for steelhead angling.
- Yaquina: The fall chinook fishery is very slow. The winter steelhead run is getting underway. The run in the Big Elk typically has good returns in December and January. Look for the falling river levels to be productive for winter steelhead.
- Rainbow trout brood stock was released in six Willamette Valley ponds on Monday, Dec. 3. These 3- and 4-year-old fish weigh from 7 to 15 pounds each. Bag limit for those 20 inches long or above is one per day. The release sites and stocking numbers are as follows: Timber Linn Lake (Albany) – 150, Canby Pond – 40, Huddleston Pond (Willamina) – 45, Sheridan Pond 45, Mt. Hood Pond (Gresham, MHCC campus) – 45, Waverly Lake (Albany) – 15.
- Alton Baker Canoe Canal will receive another 500 one-pound trout this week. This is in addition to 1,500 large fish that were released between Nov. 16 and 19 at several locations in the canal.
- Receding river levels should make for improved winter steelhead fishing local streams.
- Summer steelhead fishing is still available on the lower Deschutes. Fish are now well dispersed from the mouth upstream to the Warm Springs area.
- There should be good opportunities for bull trout fishing in Lake Billy Chinook and the Metolius River.
- While several popular lakes closed to fishing on Oct. 31, many others remain open and can offer excellent trout fishing throughout the fall and early winter – check out Antelope Flat Reservoir, Haystack Reservoir and Ochoco Reservoir.
- There are many great fall fisheries for the fly angler, including the Metolius, Fall and Crooked rivers, Deschutes River, and Davis and Hosmer lakes.
- Anglers are still catching good numbers of large trout in Beulah Reservoir.
- Trout fishing has been very good on the Blitzen River.
- Haines and North Powder Ponds have been stocked with rainbows for a fall fishing opportunity.
- Cutthroat trout in Mann Lake are exceeding 16-inches and water conditions are excellent.
- Fishing for summer steelhead is now good on the John Day River.
- Two-salt steelhead (larger fish) are making up the majority of the run on the Grande Ronde River.
- Approximately 150 trophy sized rainbow trout have been stocked into Luger Springs Pond for fall fishing.
- Steelhead angling is good in the John Day Arm.
- White sturgeon retention is closed for the year, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.