Nehalem River Report

Nehalem River - Nehalm, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
1-2-2020
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Fishing conditions on the main stem don’t look great for this week given the weather forecast. It’s likely the Nehalem will “blow out” tomorrow and possibly through the weekend. Friday would be the best day to try, but I’m not convinced it will have time to come back into shape.

When fishing high or colored up water, large presentations and bright colors are key. This is also a good time to break out the bait or scents for added attraction. In addition fishing techniques that keep the presentation near the bottom (drift fishing, bobber doggin’, side drifting) are a good bet. 

The main stem Nehalem is a mostly wild fish river for steelhead, and as peaks January through early April. This is a large basin and as such can blow out easily and stay muddy for long periods. The plus side of is that it often fishes well when other North Coast Rivers are low and clear. There is primitive boat access, and plenty of bank access available from state forest lands.

Catching and releasing a big wild winter steelhead is one of the best experiences I know of, but anglers are encouraged to treat these fish with care. The best practices for a good release are to not over fight the fish, and release them as quickly as possible without taking them out of the water.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.




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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 2nd

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Empire Lake Upper: Empire Lake Fishing Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Report
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Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report
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Hemlock Lake: Hemlock Fishing Report
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Illinois River: Illinois River Fishing Report
Lake Marie: Lake Marie Fishing Report
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Report
Loon Lake: Loon Lake Fishing Report
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Rogue River Lower: Lower Rogue River Report
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue River Fishing Report
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Smith River: Smith River Fishing Report
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Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Lakes Fishing Report
Toketee Lake: Toketee Lake Fishing Report
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Fishing Report
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Alsea River: Alsea River Fishing Report
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Columbia River

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