Trask Just Recently Dropped into Shape

Trask River - Tillamook , OR (Tillamook County)


by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
2-12-2020
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For anglers fishing near the hatchery, please be advised that Trask Hatchery is currently CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. There have been compliance issues recently; please DO NOT walk past the hatchery closed signs.

The hatchery grounds closure does not affect fishing on the river itself, only access through the hatchery grounds. During the hatchery grounds closure, all vehicle and angler access is prohibited until further notice to ensure public safety while the construction is in progress.

Parking is available to anglers on Chance Rd. near the entrance to the hatchery, and anglers can continue to access the river on the trail from the parking area but from there must remain on the riverbank without accessing the main hatchery grounds.

The Trask just recently dropped into shape and should remain so through the end of the week until the next big rains predicted for Saturday. If the forecast is correct, the river will blow out again this weekend and may not be back in shape until the middle of next week; although the forks may fish earlier.

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 Trask is a mostly wild fish river, and as such peaks January through mid-April. Bank and boat access are both available on the Trask, though interspersed with private land. In addition, there is good bank access on both the North and South forks (check regulations for deadlines on the forks).

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.




More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 12th

Alsea River: Steelhead Fishing Has Slowed Down
Siletz River: High Waters and Blown Out Conditions Last Week Slowed Down Fishing
Siuslaw River: Steelhead Fishing Has Improved
Umpqua River: Umpqua River Fishing Report
Nehalem River: The Nehalem is Almost in Shape
Nestucca River: Nestucca is Coming into Prime Shape
Wilson River: Wilson is Still Fishing Well
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