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  FISHING

Many coastal rivers close to steelhead fishing at the end of March (to protect smolts migrating out) so anglers are reminded to check the regs prior to fishing a particular river after March.

Whiskey Creek Hatchery is hosting their annual fin-clipping party on Saturday, April 12. The hatchery is located along Netarts Bay. Volunteers are needed to clip 100,000 spring Chinook juveniles to be released into Tillamook Bay streams. Clipping begins at 9 a.m. and continues until done. Lunch and refreshements are provided. No experience required. Contact ODFW in TIllamoook (503-842-2741) for more information.

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information.

Send us your fishing report

We’d love to hear about your recent fishing experience. Send us your own fishing report through ODFW Fishing Reports―the information will be forwarded to the local biologist who may use it to update various ODFW resources such as the Weekly Recreation Report.

2014 trout stocking

The 2014 trout stocking schedule for the North Coast Watershed District is now posted on-line on along with other districts on the ODFW trout stocking page.

NORTH COAST LAKES

Cape Meares, Smith, Tahoe, and Lytle lakes and Lorens and Nedonna Pond were stocked the week of April 7. Town, South, North, and Hebo lakes are schedule to be stocked the week of April 14.

A family fishing event is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at Hebo Lake. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MID COAST LAKES

Trout fishing is good in most areas as water temperatures have warmed and stocking has occurred multiple times. The trout fishery can offer anglers of all experience levels some great fishing opportunities and can be a great way to introduce kids into fishing. Prime stocking occurs March, April and May in Mid Coast water bodies. Be sure to check out the 2014 stocking schedule on the ODFW web page for the most up to date information.

Recently there has been some blue green algae blooms in Devils Lake. However, eating fish from this waterbody is safe. When there are elevated levels of blue green algae, anglers are advised to remove all internal organs and skin. For the latest water quality monitoring data, please visit the Devils Lake Water Improvement District website.

Surplus hatchery winter steelhead adults have been released into Olalla and Big Creek Reserviors. These are consider “trout” once in a lake or reservoir so only one trout over 20 inches is allowed per day.

ALSEA RIVER: steelhead

Fishing is slow with the upper river being the most productive. Wild fish tend to make up most of the catch this time of year.

NEHALEM RIVER: steelhead

Steelhead are available in the mainstem Nehalem. Fishing should be fair to good depending on water levels. The river should drop into good shape with the dry weather this week. Very few hatchery fish are present, so fishing is primarily catch-and-release. The river upstream of Hwy 26 is closed as of April 1.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet at 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.

Fishing Little Nestucca
Steelhead fishing
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

NESTUCCA RIVER AND THREE RIVERS: steelhead, Chinook

Fishing for winter steelhead remains fair to good, although success may taper off as the river drops and clears this week. Both hatchery and wild fish will show in the catch. Some fish are available in Three Rivers, but most are caught in the main river this time of year. The river upstream of Moon Creek closed March 31. Spring Chinook season opened April 1, but few fish are present in April. Fishing is generally very slow most of this month.

SALMON RIVER:

The river is closed to fishing April 1 – May 23 to protect out migrating salmon and trout smolts. The river will re-open on May 24 the start of the trout season.

SILETZ RIVER: steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery is slow to fair with some hatchery fish still around and the potential for an early returing summer steelhead. This time of year is when native steelhead tend to be more prevelant in the fishery as they are nearing or are already spawning. Good bank access is from Moonshine Park up to the deadline.

SIUSLAW RIVER: steelhead

The winter steelhead fishery has slowed down but there are still some hatchery steelhead that can be caught around the Whittaker Creek area. The Whittaker Creek vicinity remains open to steelhead April 1 – 15. All other areas are closed until the trout opener on May 24.
 
TILLAMOOK BAY: sturgeon, Chinook

Sturgeon fishing should be fair. Spring Chinook angling opened April 1, but expect fishing to be slow until later in the month.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook

Winter steelhead fishing should be fair to good. Fish will be spread out. Cover lots of water and adjust your techniques to the conditions to entice some bites, especially as the water gets clear and lower. Side drifting, plugs, or bobber and jig are all productive techniques. The North and South Forks are closed to angling as of April 1. Spring Chinook fishing is usually very slow in April as few fish have arrived yet.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet at 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.

steelhead
Wilson River Winter Steelhead
-Photo by Ross Henshaw-

WILSON RIVER: steelhead

Winter steelhead fishing should be fair. The river will be very low and clear by later in the week. The catch is a mix of hatchery and wild fish. Spring Chinook angling opened April 1, but don’t expect to see many in the river until next month.

YAQUINA RIVER: steelhead

The Yaquina and Big Elk are closed to angling April 1 – May 23 and will re-open with the trout season on May 24. Tide water remains open year round for marine species.

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  HUNTING

OPEN: COUGAR, CONTROLLED SPRING BEAR, YOUTH TURKEY (April 12-13)

Use the Oregon Hunting Map to see where to hunt.

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.

Spring Bear controlled seasons opened April 1 in the Saddle Mtn., Wilson and Trask units. It is still early in the season so hunting should be slow initially, but will pick up with warmer weather. Snow is almost non-existent in the northern coast range, so getting around the forest should not be a problem. As the season progresses into May, the use of calf or fawn distress calls should become more effective.

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  VIEWING

NORTH COAST VIEWING

Buller's Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater
- Wikipedia-

The website for the Oregon Coast Birding Trail (pdf) for the north coast area offers over 40 different trails to find birds on the north coast. The trails include coastal, river and interior routes, so the variety of birds you can see on them is nearly endless. The website also has directions to the trails, tips on birding and lists facilities available along or near the trail.

Gray whales can be visible in the Pacific Ocean as they pass by the north coast on their way to the Bering Sea from Baja California. Some traditional viewpoints on the north coast include Cape Kiwanda near Pacific City, Cape Lookout near Netarts, Cape Meares near Oceanside, Neah-Kah-Nie Mtn. near Manzanita, Cape Falcon near Arch Cape, Silver Point near Cannon Beach, and Tillamook Head near Seaside. The migrating gray whales should be visible along the coast well into April. For best viewing, bring you binoculars.

One of the true harbingers of spring, the turkey vultures, were seen this past week in various areas of the north coast. It won’t be long until the swallows arrive!

Songbirds are becoming much more vocal in forested habitats. Most birds vocalizing now are year-round residents, such as winter wrens and Amercian robins, but it won’t be long until neotropical migrants show up. The chorus in the forest will be much more diverse in the next month or so.

TILLAMOOK COUNTY

Steller sea lions are present in good numbers (as usual) at the Three Arch Rocks NWR near Oceanside. This larger cousin to the common California sea lion is federally listed as endangered along the Pacific Coast, but is locally abundant in some areas of the Oregon coast. Although more numerous on the southern Oregon coast, this population is the one stronghold of these sea lions on the north coast.

CLATSOP COUNTY

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

EE Wilson Viewing Blind

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
-Photo by Rick Swart, ODFW-

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Elk have been visible in the mornings and evenings most days on the Fishawk Tract. There have also been elk visible on the Beneke Tract. Brochures with maps of the area are available at the main viewing area along Hwy 202. Many of the larger bulls have started to shed their antlers. Antler shedding will continue through April. Migrant song birds are starting to return to the wildlife area. Look for swallows near view area fence lines and gliding over open meadows.

Please remember that areas posted as wildlife refuge are closed to public access. Areas along Beneke Creek posted closed to entry during any Saddle Mountain elk season are open to public access starting March 16. Wildlife Area Parking Permits are now required on the wildlife area (as of Jan. 1, 2014).

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