Nehalem River Fish Report for 2-26-2020
The Nehalem is in Good Shape
Nehalem River - Nehalm, OR
by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff
The Nehalem is in good shape. With many of the other North Coast Rivers getting low, this would be a good bet for the weekend for those willing to fish catch-and-release for wild steelhead. The run seems strong this year and there are fish throughout the system.
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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