The early winter steelhead have entered the Alsea River basin

Alsea River - Alsea, OR

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

The 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. ‌

As we progress into the season, the hatchery has been a good place for bank fishing. The upper Alsea floats have also been producing a decent number of fish caught as a new batch of fish works its way up into the system. Newer fish have been filtering into the system, as the water stays cold and clear. We are seeing some decent numbers of fish being caught lower in the system. ‌

As water levels drop further and clear out the fishery should be in excellent conditions for winter steelhead this weekend. We should be getting a small amount of rain Saturday and Sunday which will allow fish to move more freely and bodes well for fishing conditions! ‌

Check the regulations before you head out this weekend!

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