CENTRAL COAST FISHING
Week of November 20th
In the Creel: East winds and fairly benign seas have been a boon to ocean fishermen getting in on a red-hot bottom-fish bite. Lotsa limits came in this past week. Mackerel and lingcod fishing was nothing to sneeze at, either. The bays and rivers have slowed way down; most of the salmon available are hammered spawners, though an occasional bright one is reeled in. Next on the horizon will be winter steelhead, and we’re right on the cusp of their arrival. Crabbing has been okay, but clammers are wracked by the best low tides showing up after dark. So, as the storms return and the ocean gets rough again, this may be a good time to swap a few lies with your buddies. “No kiddin’, that hawg of a Chinook snapped my 50-pound test to get away.”
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing is slow as most fish are now actively spawning, but a small number of new fish should continue to trickle in over the next couple of weeks.
Siletz River/Bay: Fall Chinook and Coho salmon fishing is slow with anglers having the best success fishing the river between Illahee Park and Morgan Park. Most Chinook have moved onto the spawning grounds though some fresh Coho are still pulsing in. Summer steelhead fishing remains sluggish in the upper river. Up next, winter steelhead could start showing up in small numbers at any time.
Yaquina River/Bay: Fall Chinook fishing is slow as most fish have moved onto the spawning grounds. A handful of new fish should continue to move through over the next couple of weeks. Coho fishing has slowed down, too, but fresh silvers should also be making sporadic appearances.
Beaver Creek: Low, clear flows have made fishing conditions really tough. Rain is needed to get the fish moving, so cross your fingers because more precipitation is headed this way. A few hatchery Coho may still be around, and expect some early winter steelhead to show up in the next few weeks.
Alsea River/Bay: Fall Chinook and Coho salmon fishing is slow. The fall Chinook run is nearing the end but some new fish will still be sneaking in. Fresh Coho will also continue to move through the river but in smaller numbers. Winter steelhead season is approaching quickly and chrome-bright fish can be targeted in the lower river starting anytime now.
Central Coast Lakes: The wild Coho salmon fishery in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Lakes is producing fair to good results. Look for our next good rain event to help move new fish up into the lakes. This time of year is typically peak season.
Saltwater angling and shellfish harvesting…
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