About equidistant from Portland as the Trask, the Kilchis flows into Tillamook bay just north of the Wilson, and is one of two rivers with a run of chum salmon (C&R only). It’s a short river, and the only bank access starts above the “logger bridge” and fee parking lot. This is definitely the hot spot on the river where the majority of anglers congregate. Fishing in Oregon says the chum don’t go much higher than here, and spawn in the gravel beds upstream of the parking lot. If you’re out there, be careful not to stomp through the redds. The north bank leads up to the Kilchis county park, a fee park with some access and a river trail. Crossing over the logger bridge leads to Kilchis River Road and six and a half miles of salmon fishing up to the next bridge and deadline. Of course, when I was there pods of salmon were milling around in the pools just above the deadline and out of legal reach.
There’s lots of access along the Kilchis Forest Road, with plenty of pullouts worth exploring. The only caveat is that the banks can be steep to get down to the river, which can leave you hauling yourself up or down by roots and branches. The drive and hike is definitely worth it as the upper river is spectacular, and holds plenty of fish.
When winter steelhead season comes into full swing, I’m definitely going to go explore the full 18 miles of river.
The toughest part about the Wallowa River is access. We stayed up by Wallowa Lake outside of Joseph, and it was almost an hour’s drive to get to anywhere with bank access to the river. Continue reading
The fly fisher’s dream! This river is talked about in just about every fly fishing book, and even has a boat named after it. I went to U of O, and although I’d already started fishing, didn’t realize I had so many great fishing rivers so close at hand. Continue reading
It’s finally trout season in Oregon! Beyond lake fishing, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot available to the trout angler west of the Cascades. Most of the trout streams are in Central Oregon, but some good fun can be had chasing cutthroat in the coastal streams. Continue reading
This is going to be a short post, because there really isn’t a whole lot to say. I was lured to the Bull Run River with promises of being able to keep up to five hatchery trout, and it is open for salmon and steelhead too. Continue reading
After switching to chucking hardware over feathers, I pretty quickly got into making my own spinners. At $4 a pop in a sporting goods store, taking a little time to make your own only takes a couple minutes per lure, and costs half as much. Continue reading
Author’s note: This is a belated post. The North Fork Trask closes March 31. Be sure to check your regs!
The Trask quickly became my favorite river of 2017. I’ve seen, hooked, and landed more steelhead on this river in the past four months than ever before. Continue reading