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Outdoor Report 9/26

Tributary Coho Fishing continues to improve daily as more fish arrive to local rivers. Casting spinners and spoons, float fishing eggs, casting or trolling plugs and twitching jigs have all been taking their share of the fish. If you catch a nice hatchery Coho between now and October 31st, don’t forget to bring it into one of our three store locations to be entered into our Coho Derby. (All fish must be gutted prior to weigh-in.) Fish on! Tributary Coho Fishing continues to improve daily as more fish arrive to local rivers. Casting spinners and spoons, float fishing eggs, casting or trolling plugs and twitching jigs have all been taking their share of the fish. If you catch a nice hatchery Coho between now and October 31st, don’t forget to bring it into one of our three store locations to be entered into our Coho Derby. (All fish must be gutted prior to weigh-in.) Fish on!

The ocean is still fishing well for coho and those that have been venturing out past the bar have also been targeting bottom fish.  This combo trip can make for very full freezers this time of year.  A lot of folks will troll for coho and typically put a few in the box and then switch gears and target bottom fish for a few hours to get a nice variety of fillets.  And if you dropped your crab pots on the way out, then you are likely going to have a bushel of keepers to clean as well!

Astoria has still been fishing very well for coho up to the Tongue Point deadline.  These fish are still favoring large flood tides. Therefore, fishermen have been trying to intercept these fish all the way out at Buoy 10, and then chasing them up river as they push in with the tide.  The fleet has been fairly split between trolling small Hoochie spinners and trolling fresh anchovies.  Vary your depths as you troll to try and pinpoint where the fish are located in the water column.

Nehalem and Tillamook Bay have both started putting out fish and fishermen have been finding success using a variety of techniques.  Trolling herring has been the age old go-to technique and still works very well.  However, the 360° Flasher craze has really taken hold in these two iconic fisheries.  Fishermen have sometimes been using Brad's Super Baits behind these flashers, however, small 3.5 size spinners have really been the go-to.

Crabbing has been getting better every week as this season the crabbing can be the best of the year.  Bring up to 3 pots per person, make sure to keep fresh bait in them, and a boat limit of keepers is likely in your future.

WDFW approves three-day razor clam dig on Long Beach beginning Sept. 27th
Razor clam diggers can return to Long Beach for a three-day opening beginning Sept. 27.
State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on morning low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

The upcoming dig is for the following dates and morning low tides:
     ●     Sept. 27, Friday, 5:52 a.m. -0.9, Long Beach only
     ●     Sept. 28, Saturday, 6:36 a.m. -0.8, Long Beach only
     ●     Sept. 29, Sunday, 7:19 am -0.6, Long Beach only

No digging is allowed after noon for these late September digs where low tide occurs in the morning.

Tributary coho fishing has steadily improved, especially with the onset of  plentiful rainfall.  These fish  move on fresh shots of rain, so they have been piling into the Sandy, Clackamas, Lewis and even the Kalama.  As we continually get cooler temperatures, look for the bite to get even better.  Fishing eggs under a float, casting spinners or plugs and casting twitching jigs are all great options this time of year.  For those fishing from a boat and wanting to cover quite a bit of water, bobberdoggin’ is an under used technique that works extremely well.

Trout fishing this time of year can be phenomenal, it just isn’t always on everyone’s radar.  These fish have spent the last few months in the deep, dark, cool waters of the lake and with all this recent rain, lakes and reservoirs have started to cool down. Fish are back on the prowl and cruising the shallows looking for an easy meal.  Targeting these fish can be as simple as casting and retrieving Rooster Tails or Kastmasters along the shoreline.  These fish can be extremely aggressive and will often chase down your offering.  Of course, fishing bait is always a great option whether under a bobber or off of the bottom.  Powerbait, nightcrawlers, single salmon eggs and even salad shrimp are all great bait choices.  Locally, Henry Hagg Lake just received 6,000 legal trout; along with another 200 trophy trout and Trillium Lake received 3,600 legal trout and another 250 trophy trout.

Sturgeon retention was open on Saturday the 21st and also this coming Saturday the 28th, from Wauna to Bonneville deadline.  The fishing has been quite good and even if you can’t get out on one of the retention days, don’t hesitate to go play catch and release.  These prehistoric creatures make for a fun day on the water.  This can be a great fishery to try when introducing new anglers to the sport.  Sandshrimp, squid and anchovies have been the most productive baits recently.

 

Always be sure to check local regulations at ODFW and WDFW before heading out. Find reports and two most widely used baits, information on the Fisherman's Community page.

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