Kilchis is Low and Clear

Kilchis River - Idaville, OR (Tillamook County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The Kilchis is a wild steelhead river with no hatchery steelhead releases. The winter steelhead run is at its best on this system now 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.

The Kilchis is low and clear which will make fishing challenging this week. That said, there are fish throughout the basin. If you choose to fish here, light gear and stealthy presentations will be key to success. Please remember to handle wild fish with care and release them back into the water as quickly as possible.

Trout fishing in streams will reopen May 22, 2019.

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