Winter Steelhead Fishing Continues to Be Good

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Winter steelhead fishing continues to be good on the popular North Fork Alsea bank fishery. High water has fish on the move and the bank anglers have been doing well around the hatchery for the last few weeks now. The lower portions of the river have been high and unfishable for most days. When the river has dropped into shape there has been some fair fishing for the drift boaters.

This week’s forecasted rain storms will make for more high water conditions and the lower river being blown out for the rest of the week and into the weekend. As soon as we get a break in the rain the fishing should be good throughout the system as we head into February.

No overnight camping is allowed in vehicles around the NF Alsea hatchery in the parking lot or on any of the roads.

The Alsea River receives two different stocks of hatchery steelhead, one “traditional” stock that is an early returner and peaks in December/January and a later returning wild broodstock that peaks January-March. These two stocks combine to provide winter steelhead fishing opportunities from late November through March. 

Trout fishing in streams will reopen on May 22, 2020.

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