01/17/17 Rain is here! Now our
waters and temps should be warming up and melting snow.
We had a few out to brave the wet and wind. Not a lot of
reports to mention since there were so few out. One of
our boats we shuttled got one. I heard of a few lost.
Mostly wet fishermen! We wait to see just what the river
will do since they kept lowering the predictions for the
river to go up. What comes comes! we will always have
the fisherman that caught his best one in the parking
lot at Three Rivers...... When the river comes into
shape there ought to be more broodstock. Get prepared!
12/30/2016 Very busy day on the river.
The bid Nestucca is prime at 6.5 feet this afternoon.
Color is beautiful and the fishing was pretty good too.
Not February good but definitely December early January
good. Talked with hatchery and ODFW staff yesterday and
today. Cedar creek hatchery re-cycled 120 steelhead just
yesterday. According to ODFW staff this brings the total
so far to over 300 steelhead re-cycled. For those with
inquiring minds, these fish are taken down to the
guardrail hole in Pacific City for release. I'm told
that a few of them, depending on water conditions, can
end up back at the hatchery in less than a day.
Fortunately most of them take a few days longer. There
has been a mix of wild and hatchery fish anywhere from
6th bridge to Cloverdale. From my conversations with
boaters and fishermen I think the odds of a hatchery
fish, at least right now, are better from first bridge
down. Saturday and Sunday are free fishing days no
license or tag required. It is not necessary to tag your
fish , however all the rules about size and limits are
still in force as are all other regulations.
12/24/2016 Nestucca is perfect height and
color: I don't know how many of you will be
able to come and fish since Christmas should be the main
focus for most of you. Having said that, the
water is the best it has been so far for all of
December. Yes we are catching some steelhead. Fishing
should just get better from here on as long as we have
favorable water conditions. Believe it or not we are
still seeing a small number of Chinooks. One a day for
the last two days. I don't recommend targeting them,
however they can be a real surprise and a handful on
lighter steelhead gear. Due to traveling I won't be open
until 8:00 AM the day after Christmas. That shouldn't be
a big deal because it doesn't get light until around
7:45. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we
will see you on the other side.
12/17/2016 Finally something to talk
about: As most of you know the rivers on the
coast have been high and muddy and unfishable for the
last ten days. With the exception of the hatchery hole
at Three Rivers, there hasn't been anything to talk
about except how wet, how cold, how high, how mudddy
well you get the idea. Yesterday (Friday) The Nestucca
dropped to around 6.5 feet and was a perfect steelhead
green, we had eight shuttles. Those were our first in
several days. Reports weren't sterling but there were a
few steelhead caught and one really bright Chinook
salmon. Most are drifting from 1st bridge to Three
Rivers. Hatchery staff at Cedar Creek hatchery on Three
Rivers let us know that they have been recycling
steelhead from the trap at the hatchery. As of a couple
of days ago they had recycled around 70 winter
steelhead. I want to know. A fellow fisherman E-mailed
me anonymously to say that he thought that I should be
reporting dailey, "even though he knew the water was
crappy" and because I wasn't he was going to go spend
his money fishing the Alsea and not coming here. What I
want to know is, what web-site is he going to to get his
reports from the Alsea. I'm not aware of anyone giving
reports on that river. Oh well, I'm not going to report
on nothing, I have better things to do with my time. You
can rest assured that if there is something to report I
will be there with the info. I run a business it does me
no good to with hold information that could benefit us
cold but sun out Nice sunny day and a few
fish caught. River is a great color.
12/06/16 Cold temps and a little
snow! are bringing the river down. Several fish
were hooked....and lost., yet some were caught. One
hooked and lost a Salmon and the others were Steelhead.
Not many fishermen out. Mornings can be slippery, so if
you decide to come, drive safe. Not any boaters out yet
since before this last big storm. Looks like we may dip
down to 6.5 ft by Thursday. River color is looking
better all the time. This weekend we head back into
rain. Fri-Sun will put some more ft. back onto the
river. We will be on & off fishing for a bit! Lets hope
it doesn't blow out so recovery time will be fast.
Nestucca is finally fishable: Hope you all had
a nice Thanksgiving! Now it's time to concentrate on
fishing. The Nestucca River until today has been, in my
opinion, unfishable. That is changing rapidly.
Five days ago the Nestucca River was at 14.57 feet and
chocolate brown. Today the Nestucca has dropped to 7.2
feet. By tomorrow the Nestucca should be under 7 feet.
The color is now greening up and looking very good.
According to the folks at Cedar Creek hatchery,
steelhead are here. The hatchery staff has notified us
that they have started recycleing steelhead from
the trap at the hatchery a few days ago. There will
still be a handful of bright Chinook around that are
late comers off the ocean but those numbers will be
small. I would target steelhead and deal with the
surprise Chinook if that should occur. Yes we are
running shuttles, we have a few today.
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