Kilchis River Steelhead Run

Kilchis River - Idaville, OR (Tillamook County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
12-19-2018
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The Kilchis is a wild steelhead river with no hatchery steelhead releases. The winter steelhead run is at its best on this system late December through early April. The Kilchis can get low and clear, so it fishes the best as the water drops after high water events.  It is often one of the first Tillamook Rivers to come back into shape after a rain event.

It’s still pretty early for steelhead on the Kilchis, although a few may have trickled in after the freshet caused by Tuesdays heavy rains.

Due to a poor return of Chinook salmon, and conservation concerns about meeting spawning escapement goals, emergency regulation changes took effect for coastal rivers in the NW Zone on Nov. 1, 2018.  As a result the Kilchis River is closed to fall Chinook fishing upstream of the Hwy 101 bridge. Downstream of the Hwy 101 bridge the bag limit for fall Chinook is reduced to one adult Chinook per day and a limit of 3 from Nov. 1 through the remainder of the season.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Coos River: Steelhead Should be Entering the Rivers with the Next Big Rain
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Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report
Lost Creek Reservoir: Large Rainbows Have Been Stocked
Rogue River Lower: Lower Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: Rogue River Middle Fishing Report
Rogue River Upper: Rogue River Upper Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: Trout Fishing is Starting to Pick up Again
Alsea River: Winter Steelhead Fishing has Begun

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