Winter steelhead typically start to show up in the Alsea River at the end of November

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Alsea with the recent high water and most of the fish are headed to the spawning grounds upstream of the salmon deadlines. There are still a few fish around and will provide some opportunity through mid-November, but things are slowing down for the 2021 season. The lower portion of the river below Five Rivers is the best chance to catch a bright Chinook at the end of the season.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Alsea for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Winter steelhead typically start to show up in the Alsea River at the end of November and early December. The recent high water should have a few fish heading for the hatchery located on the NF Alsea. No reports of any winter steelhead being caught yet and no fish have returned to the hatchery as of late. The first few fish should start to arrive any day now. Time to get the gear out for winter steelheading.

***Reminder*** The popular NF Alsea steelhead fishery is closed until Dec. 1. The mainstem Alsea is open for steelhead fishing up to the forks as of Nov. 1 but the NF Alsea doesn’t open until Dec 1.

Trout fishing in streams closed on Oct. 31.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Umpqua River: North Umpqua River reopens to angling
: Protect Oregon's native wildlife and think carefully about gift-giving certain pets
: ODFW Recreation Report
Umpqua River: North Umpqua River reopens to angling
John C Boyle Reservoir: Fishing is slow due to very cold water temps
Miller Lake: Access might be challenging due to snow
Agate Lake: Agate Lake is still hovering around 10 percent capacity, but slowly filling
Applegate Reservoir: The only useable boat ramp at Applegate Reservoir is the French Gulch Boat Ramp
Applegate River: The river is open to trout fishing through the end of the year
Arizona Pond: Slow. The pond is now full from fall rain, but is still a bit weedy
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving might be worth a try this weekend
Bradley Lake: Trout fishing has been good
Butterfield Lake: Butterfield Lake Fishing Report
Chetco River: Temporary rule changes for wild adult Chinook are now in place Aug. 31-Dec. 31
Cooper Creek Reservoir: There should be lots of leftover trout still available
Coquille River: The next big rain could bring the first steelhead up the Coquille River
Elk River: A good number of Chinook have had a chance to distribute throughout the river
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Zone regulations are back in place
Hyatt Lake: Emergency regulations have been lifted at Hyatt Lake and zone regulations now apply
Pistol River: Fish have had a chance to move into the river system
Rogue River- Lower: A good number of fish have moved into tributaries
Winchuck River: Fall rain has encouraged a good number of fish upstream into the river system


The antlers of a Union County bull elk have been officially scored at 406 6/8 which would make it the...... Read More