Great day on the river. Fishing went quite well
today. The river was in excellent condition, good color
and was on the drop all day. If you were one of the
twelve shuttles we did today you appreciated that NOAA
was once again was able to scare everyone off with
their bogus rain and river projections and there were
not many fishermen. Fishing was pretty good we had a
nice 32 pounder come in today. Most of the fishing was
above Three Rivers it would seem the rain of yesterday
brought in another round of salmon. The weather is
supposed to cooperate fro the next few days and I'm
thinking it will be pretty busy through the week end.
Just a note , the deadline for salmon fishing is 1st
bridge. ODFW and the sheriffs department made a
significant bust with some folks that were fishing from
4th bridge down. Seems they had a few salmon on board
when checked above 1st bridge.
Salmon fishing on the Nestucca has
turned on! The last two days has been
super for fall Chinook on the big Nestucca. The river
will drop under 7 feet by tomorrow morning. It started
to green up two days ago. The color is great and even at
just under 8 feet it turned on for those that weren't
put off by the high water. The bad news is there will be
more fishermen over the next few days as the weather is
supposed to stay rain free. The good news was that those
that were here the last two days didn't have much
competition and the river, as reported to us, is full of
salmon. Sand shrimp have been hard to come by as all the
bays were experiencing high tides and no where to pump.
For those of you that didn't know, you cannot pump
shrimp through water, they die almost immediately. you
must pump shrimp onto dry sand and if the bays have too
high of a tide there is no where they can pump.
Typically after high river levels it takes a couple of
days for fresh water to empty from the bay and that
combined with higher than normal tides equals no shrimp.
We are supposed to have a good supply in the morning.
Our pumper to the north hasn't pumped at all for three
days. Our pumper to the south is pumping today. We
should have stock tomorrow providing there are no
Then there was rain ! Wow how things can change!
For weeks all the fishing for
salmon was in tidewater at Pacific City. Over the last
two days we received enough rain to really bring the
Nestucca up and driftable. With the water came the
salmon and boy did they come. Fishing Thursday was a
little off yet due to some brown water But Friday was on
fire . Ditto for today, not so many fishermen as on
Friday because many of you got scared off by the false
narrative called a weather and river prediction. The
rain never came nor did the predicted 7 foot plus river.
Sorry guys that got fooled and stayed home. Oh well I
hope football made up for it. The Nestucca rose to 5.81
feet, just the right height, and then went on the drop
and fishing was again very good today. It looks to me as
though it will fish tomorrow Wednesday is still a
question mark. All the usual baits were working, Eggs,
Shrimp, Tuna Bellies, spinners and Kwikfish. What's up
with Three Rivers?. Since the water came up there have
been some salmon but wow Three Rivers is loaded with
bright summer steelhead. Poof , overnight and all the
holes below the hatchery were teeming with steelhead.
Nice really bright summer steelhead. Go figure.
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