Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Some early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin. Most of these fish took advantage of the huge storms we've had the past few weeks to dart upriver. Not many lingering lower down in the system. The Alsea Hatchery holes have been providing some excellent bank fishing for some of these early fish. There are hatchery steelhead that are open for retention in the Alsea Basin. ‌

Early January has proved to be a slower time than late December for Alsea winter steelhead. Although fish are moving in the basin, the rains have made it challenging for the stars to align with good conditions and hungry fish. We should start to see an uptick in the bite as we move further along into January.‌

As water levels drop further and clear out the fishery should be in excellent conditions for winter steelhead.‌

Check the regulations before you head out this weekend!

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