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 Siletz flows out of the coast range between Salem and Corvallis and into the Pacific just south of Lincoln City. We were out at Newport for a long weekend, so I had to take a day to explore a new river! Continue reading
This one is a little out of the way. The Salmonberry is a tributary of the Nehalem, and about 1.5 hours out of Portland off Hwy 26. The disaffected Old Tillamook Railroad runs from the coast almost into the city along the Salmonberry and the Nehalem. Continue reading
The Central Oregon Thanksgiving fishing outing has become a tradition for the men in the family. Last year was the Fall River, and the year before the Crooked. This year we ventured down to Mecca Flats. Although summers have come and gone on the coast range, and winters are just about to come in, the fishing report said there were plenty of steelhead throughout the Deschutes. Continue reading
I’ve often hit Eagle Creek at Bonnie Lure Park and bushwhacked my way down to the Clackamas, but I’ve never caught a fish here. Fishing in Oregon said the upper creek runs through mostly private property, and for years I’d never ventured higher. Last spring I spent a morning around Eagle Fern Park, but again, no success. Continue reading
After two unsuccessful days on big water, I decided to go back to my roots with smaller-stream fishing. The Big Nehalem was a bust for me this past summer, so I was a little apprehensive about it; too big and slow for my spinners, but the North Fork is a much smaller stream, and more to my liking. Continue reading
We spent a few days out at the coast, so I thought I’d test out my bigger-water chops. This was the tail-end of the fall Coho run, and since my first steelhead last month, I’ve been itching to catch bigger fish. A tip pointed me toward the Wheeler dock, right in the center of the town along Hwy 101. Continue reading