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Where can we fish for spring chinook?

Head to the ocean off the North and Central Coast for wild salmon. Or cast a line at one of the many rivers in northwest Oregon stocked with hatchery chinook. Daily limits are enforced.

Keep in mind that in 2017 chinook fishing is prohibited in parts of the South Coast. Due to a low forecast for chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River, ocean chinook fishing is closed for the season from Humbug Mountain (south of Port Orford) to northern California. This ensures healthy chinook numbers for years to come. And the closure doesn’t apply to coastal rivers and streams, such as the Umpqua River.

Consult ODFW for seasons and limits for specific locations. For more information about 2017 Oregon fishing regulations, see here: http://www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing/

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on May 9th, 2017 - Post Your Answer

Where can I fish near old-growth trees?

On the Oregon Coast, Oswald West State Park between Manzanita and Cannon Beach has some nice old-growth trees. The closest rivers with good fishing are the Necanicum River to the north and the Nehalem and North Fork Nehalem rivers to the south.

In Greater Portland, Oxbow Park along the Sandy River has old-growth trees and has a lot of good fishing access.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on March 29th, 2017 - Post Your Answer

What is the best fishing area near Portland in December?

Fishing in the Mount Hood area can be tough in December because the lakes can be snowed in or frozen, however, Pine Hollow is a little east of Mt Hood and worth checking out.

In December on the Oregon Coast the ocean is usually too rough to fish and also December is our wettest month of the year so a lot of the time all the streams are high and muddy. But there are salmon and steelhead available. Focus on the smaller streams with fish hatcherys for steelhead such as North Fork Nehalem River and Cedar Creek. For salmon, the Wilson, Elk and Sixes rivers are the main rivers that have salmon in December.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on November 22nd, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where do I go to fish for big salmon?

Salmon fishing in Oregon is great year-round, but fall does yield some large catches. Your best bet for big salmon at this time of the year is along the Oregon Coast Range at Tillamook Bay, Nestucca River, Chetco River and Elk River.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on October 3rd, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where is the closest crabbing/clamming location to Portland?

The best beaches for razor clamming on the Oregon Coast are about 90 minutes from Portland in the Seaside area and north toward Fort Stevens State Park. You’ll want to check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding licensing, limits and shellfish safety closures. The razor clam season is closed on these beaches between July 15 and September 30 to protect juvenile clams.

There is also a variety of bay clamming on the North Oregon Coast, most notably on Tillamook Bay, Nehalem Bay and Netarts Bay. Nehalem Bay is also a good spots for crabbing and local marinas offer rental gear and boats or you can crab off the docks, then have your catch cooked fresh just steps from where you caught it.

Happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on July 28th, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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When is the best time for charter fishing at the Oregon Coast?

Oregon Coast charters for off-shore fishing start in May and last into October.  There are salmon seasons in the summer months, halibut seasons about every other weekend, tuna July-September and bottom fish year around.

Consult Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife for current seasons: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on May 16th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where are the best places to fish for sturgeon?

Sturgeon are an excellent sport fish and relatively plentiful so you are sure to have action and catch some fish. It is catch and release. There are two areas I would suggest for sturgeon.

At the Oregon Coast, head to Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River in June and July. There is a lot of action with fish ranging from 30 inches to six feet and some larger.

Farther up the Columbia River in the Gorge, you can catch sturgeon near Troutdale/Portland and the Dalles from June through September. This fishery is mainly for the big females we call “oversize.”

My guide service takes fishing trips out of Astoria. For the Columbia River Gorge, you might want to contact Sky’s Guide Service or Sturgeon River Monsters.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on April 15th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where’s a good spot to crab near Astoria without a boat?

You may find some crabbing charters out of the port of Hammond south of Astoria. In addition, the 12th Street bridge in Seaside is a popular non-boat location with crab rings dropped directly off the bridge. One of the best crabbing experiences on the North Oregon Coast is further south on Nehalem Bay. Kelly’s Marina and Jetty Fishery both offer crabbing from the docks (and boat rentals) with rental gear available right there. You can also have your catch cooked and cleaned right there and feast on your catch just steps from where it came out of the water.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on March 25th, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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Where can we fish for trout or catfish near Roseburg?

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks reservoirs and lakes with trout. You can find the schedule of trout stocking for your area online.

However, a good bet for catching catfish would be to head over to the Coast and fish in Siltcoos Lake.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on February 29th, 2016 - Post Your Answer
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How do you catch razor clams?

ODFW has a lot of good info- http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams/index.asp

Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA4D2ERtTdo

Sometimes you will see those “shows” on their own, especially right at low tide. I like to stomp my feet as I walk in about a ten foot circle and then walk back over my tracks and look for shows. As the stomping scares the clam it will retract and cause a show.

Here’s one of my blogs- http://www.ifish.net/board/blog.php?b=23&a=3956

Get to the beach one to two hours before low tide. Minus tides are what you will want.
http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/oregonsites.html The Columbia R entrance or Seaside are the ones to look up for the Clatsop beaches.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on May 26th, 2013 - Post Your Answer
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