Wilson River Fishing Report

Wilson River - Tillamook , OR (Tillamook County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The North Coast Rivers went to action stage, and in some cases minor flood stage, on the Thanksgiving rains. As of this Monday they are still high and off color. Looking at the hydrograph it looks like they should be fishable, although still a little high, by the end of the week.

Most North Coast rivers are about done for fall Chinook. However, the Wilson is known for having some later fish, and it’s not uncommon to catch bright salmon well into December on this river.

The lower Wilson is one of the best opportunities for early hatchery winter steelhead. This part of run usually peaks in December, and after all that Thanksgiving rain, there will likely be fish in the system as soon as it comes back in shape. With the high water, pulling divers and bait, plugs, or drift fishing/side drifting bait are all good options.

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