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The Little Nestucca River joins the Nestucca River from the south just before it flows into the Pacific Ocean. Only the headwaters are in public ownership – being managed by the Forest Service – with most of the primary fishing areas located on private lands. The river offers some boat fishing opportunities with a boat ramp located at the Hwy 101 bridge. Most people fish for salmon and steelhead in the fall and winter.

NOTE: This river contains wild coho salmon that are listed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Know your fish well if you decide to fish this river or any of its tributaries and help conserve this species.

Source: Siuslaw National Forest USDA Forest Service

When to Go: Fall, Winter for fishing

Fish: Fall chinook salmon, winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, and listed coho salmon (threatened species)

Good For: Fishing, access available to 2x4, Boat

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  1. Grant’s Getaway: Afoot & Afloat on the Nestucca River

    written by Grant McOmie on December 1st, 2011

    This week, I took a respite from the holiday hustle and bustle to savor a place meant for the quiet times along the Little Nestucca River in Tillamook County. The waterway cuts a beeline thru the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the trip is…

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