Nestucca River Report

Nestucca River - Pacific, OR


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
1-2-2020
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The high water event last week dispersed steelhead in moderate numbers throughout the basin. Given this week’s weather forecast, fishing conditions could be challenging this week. My best guess is that it will be “blown out” on Wednesday, but will fish later in the week and into the weekend (though it may be on the rise Saturday).

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. 

Three Rivers will likely fish this weekend, even though it may be on the rise. This might be a good bet for Saturday.

The Nestucca is one of the more popular steelhead rivers on the North coast, mostly due to a large hatchery steelhead release and the wild broodstock program. The Nestucca has two strains of hatchery steelhead, one early returning component that peaks in late December and January (best fishing for this run is in the lower river and in Three Rivers), and our broodstock hatchtery run which is good January through mid-April. These fish are known to be large and aggressive, and are good fighters as well as excellent table fair.

There is good drift boat access to the mid and lower river, and public land bank access on the upper river.

There is a boating hazard in the form of a downed tree just below the camp 101 hole, but it is passable on River Right.

Trout season will reopen on May 22, 2020.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation Farmer Creek Wayside and boat ramp will be closed late this summer through fall of 2020 due to construction associated with the Hwy 101 realignment.




More Reports

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

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Arizona Pond: Arizona Pond Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Report
Chetco River: Chetco River Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Elk River: Elk River Fishing Report
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Empire Lake Upper: Empire Lake Fishing Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Report
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report
Garrison Lake: Garrison Lake Fishing Report
Hemlock Lake: Hemlock Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Fishing Report
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Fishing Report
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
Lost Creek Reservoir: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River Lower: Lower Rogue River Report
Rogue River - Middle: Middle Rogue River Fishing Report
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue River Fishing Report
Sixes River: Sixes River Fishing Report
Smith River: Smith River Fishing Report
Soda Springs Reservoir: Soda Springs Remains Closed
Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Lakes Fishing Report
Toketee Lake: Toketee Lake Fishing Report
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Willow Lake Report
Alsea River: Alsea River Fishing Report
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Report
Necanicum River: Necanicum River Report
Nehalem River: Nehalem River Report

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