OREGON: Chinook & Coho Hit the Lower Columbia Over the Weekend

Another shot of both chinook and coho hit the lower Columbia over the weekend. High slack near the Astoria Bridge produced fair catches for the few anglers participating in the fishery. Coho action should heat back up again as the bulk of the second run coho enter the lower river. Crabbing in the lower Columbia is also picking back up again.

Nehalem fishers continue to do best for wild coho as it is one of the last remaining open fisheries on the coast. Biologists expect it to remain open through the weekend but regulation changes can happen at any time, based on effort. Some chinook remain present but are somewhat elusive.

Tillamook anglers continue to deal with eelgrass and seaweed issues, especially on incoming tide. This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if there were good numbers of chinook available but success rates have tapered in recent days. There remains some great opportunities ahead however and catches are likely to pick back up again, maybe by the weekend. There are good numbers of wild coho in the west channel where catch and release anglers are finding consistent action.

The Alsea, Nestucca, Tillamook, Siuslaw and Yaquina are now closed to the take of wild coho as anglers have achieved the allowable quota. These systems remain open for chinook however and are producing some of the best catches in recent years. The Salmon River is starting to slow.

River levels rose mid-week and did draw some salmon into the upper reaches of north coast systems but precipitation wasn’t significant enough to bring in the mother lode.

Crabbing remains good in most north coast estuaries. The ocean will close to recreational crabbing after October 15th. Seas will likely remain too rough for anglers to access through the weekend.

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