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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…

May 9th, 2017- Post Your Answer
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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 Riverto the north and the Nehalem and North Fork Nehalemrivers to the south. In…

March 29th, 2017- Post Your Answer
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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…

November 22nd, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where do I go to fish for big salmon?

Salmon fishing in Oregon is great year-round, but fall does yield some largecatches. 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…

October 3rd, 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…

May 16th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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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…

April 15th, 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 canfind theschedule of trout stockingfor your area online. However, a good bet for catchingcatfish would be to head over to the Coast and fish…

February 29th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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How do you catch razor clams?

ODFW has a lot of good info- Check out this video: Sometimes you will see those “shows” on their own, especially right at low tide.…

May 26th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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What is the best time of year and place for salmon fishing?

In Oregon salmon run almost year around on one river or another. First are spring Chinook; they start in March but the best fishing is April and May on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and May and June in Tillamook Bay. June also has some…

January 7th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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Is March too early for a fly fishing trip? When does the season start? -Doug

There are some serious fly fishers who will fish in March but I would say later in the spring it gets even better. Many of the rivers that get salmon and steelhead runs do not open until the third week ofMay to protect the young salmon and…

November 1st, 2012- Post Your Answer
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About Author David Johnson

Ask Oregon Fishing Ambassador David Johnson has an Associate's Degree in Fisheries, has been guiding for 19 years in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and has authored or been featured in over 100 local and national magazines. He has also been a regular guest on NW radio and television programs. A resident of Tillamook County, David also enjoys hunting, clamming, crabbing and other outdoor recreation. Find out more about David's guiding service at

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