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October 25, 2016

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Chinook Salmon
Bobber fishing for Chinook
-Photo by Cooper Hedgecock-

The Chinook are biting on the North Coast

Field reports from the North Coast this week point to good Chinook fishing in the Kilchis, Nestucca, Trask, and Wilson rivers. These are some of Oregon’s best inland big game fisheries so take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts!

Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing; walleye being caught

The recreational salmon and steelhead fishing seasons on the Columbia River have closed for the year as anglers have now achieved their harvest quota for the year. Effort this past week shifted to walleye and catch-and-release sturgeon fishing.

See elk herds in the meadows now at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Elk viewing has been good at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. Best viewing has been in the mornings and evenings until dark. The elk breeding season or “rut” is over for the season and elk have gathered into larger groups. With the cooler and wetter weather, elk are spending more time in the open fields and recently some elk have been visible throughout day.

Rocky Mtn elk season Oct. 26-30

See the Big Game Forecast for what to expect.

Turkey hunting open Oct. 15-Dec. 31 in western Oregon

Eastern Oregon turkey hunts have sold out but there are still tags left for western Oregon, purchase any time before going hunting. Outdoor writer and TV personality Scott Haugen recently shared his hunting tips during a Facebook Live event. See it here.

Learn steelhead fishing at ODFW workshop in Troutdale Nov. 5

People who want to learn how to fish for steelhead in Northwest rivers are invited to a workshop at Glen Otto Regional Park in Troutdale on Saturday, Nov. 5, where expert steelhead fishermen will cover such topics as selecting the right equipment, common fishing methods, casting, finding fish, plus tips on how to cooking and smoking steelhead. For more information on this or other opportunities to learn new skills, visit or contact Mark Newell, (503) 947-6018,

Fall Chinook on the move in coastal streams

Fall Chinook are moving into North Coast streams now, and fishing should improve when high waters recede. Take a look at the Kilchis, Nestucca, Trask, and Wilson and try to fit them into your plans, if you desire some great Chinook fishing on the Oregon Coast.

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