Lincoln city fishing report

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Fishing Report

Saturday morning/afternoon fishing news

October 9, 2021

Morning news

Today we will be on our third day of good ocean conditions.  After close to ten days of bad weather it has been nice to get back on the water again.  It may be short lived as it appears we have another system coming in beginning tonight which might last thru the first part of next week.

Afternoon news

The fishing has been quite decent the past three days we have been able to get out (Thursday thru Saturday) with the boats out there coming home with three quarters of a boat limit on all three days. The picture to the right shows some of the beautiful fish caught on our Saturday trip.  The crabbing has slowed some with the average around the 3+ per customer participating.

It appears from the information we’re looking at that we might be off the water thru Thursday of next week due to ocean weather with trips looking more likely by Friday into the weekend.  Keep in touch with our office for the up-to-the-minute information.


Ocean weather update for fishing trips

October 5, 2021

This Thursday thru Saturday looks to be really nice conditionswith 6-foot swells and below.  The fish have to be hungry after all of this bad weather so give our office a call or sign up online for some really good fall bottom fishing. Crabbing is still open and will be until October 15th.  The crabbing season closes October 16th thru November 30th.

Sunday weather update

October 3, 2021

Certainly not a real good day today and Monday from the forecast looks questionable at best but things look like they are beginning to  get better by Tuesday morning. Contact our office directly for more information on fishing trips we have planned for the week.

Saturday fishing report and weather forecasts

October 2, 2021

Did not get out today and everything is cancelled again for tomorrow as we just can’t seem to get away from this ocean weather that has stayed with us now for an entire week.  Things do look better next week especially as we get into the week a few days.  Stay in touch with our office as they will be able to give you the best forecast looking forward and what we are planning.

Fishing and weather report for tomorrow Saturday, October 2nd

October 1, 2021

The ending of the 2021 salmon season came and went without us being able to wet a line the last four days of the season which ended yesterday.  Heavy swells have been the order of the day since last Sunday.  We are very hopeful to get out tomorrow (Saturday) as it looks like the weather will cooperate for us on that day.  We are definitely into the fall ocean weather cycles.

Wednesday September 29th fishing report

September 29, 2021

We are hopefulas we watch the ocean come down after 3-days of very rough conditions that we will be able to get out Thursday morning.  Keep in touch with our office on conditions and availability.

Remember beside bottom fishing tomorrow is the final day of the 2021 salmon season.  

Sunday September 26th & 27t fishing report

September 27, 2021

Ocean Weather Alert (Monday September 27th AM)

We expect the present adverse ocean conditions to continue at least thru Wednesday with the forecasts we are seeing after that now appearing to be unclear. We have cancelled all of our ocean activities thru Wednesday, September 29th.

Bottom Fishing

The bottom fishing grounds the past two days have been really good with limits or awfully close to limits on all of our boats out on the reefs fishing for the rockfish and the Lingcod.  As you can see from the picture off one of our vessels we got some really nice rockfish and there were quite a few Lingcodin the fish totes as well


As we are fast approaching the end of this historic 2021 salmon season we had another really great day today.  Both of our salmon boats today did exceptionally well with one boat limiting with an hour left in the trip with 38-beautiful salmon and the other boat came home with 26-salmon and only two short of a limit.  Yesterday catch (Saturday) was a little over 1- per rod on all of our salmon boats out there.  The September salmon fishery in the past has always been pretty good the first weekend but then it tapered off quite quickly after that first three day weekend.  This September however it has been an extension of that great summer salmon fishery we completed in August with salmon still out here in front of the Depoe Bay Area.

Friday morning September 24th fishing report

September 24, 2021


Ocean Weather Update

The fall season is upon us and that means adverse weather more often effects our area.  There is a big swell warning with moderate winds forecasted from Monday thru Wednesday.  We are not taking bookings for those three days next week but are taking beginning next Thursday which happens to be the last salmon day of the season.


In a salmon season which probably can’t be compared to past seasons the fish are still out there in good numbers.  The Mr Max came back just two fish short of a boat limitand “BOY”, are they nice fish.(Some great salmon pictures We still have 6-more days of salmon fishing to the 2021 closing date of September 30th.  We have six spots left for Sunday morning so give us a call with good weather forecasted thru the weekend.

Bottom Fishing

Really good fishing this morning with two boats out there and one limited out on the rockfish and the other came up just short with around 80% of the boat limit.  Lingcod catch a little slow but we do have some nice ones going to the filet tables. Crabbing remains fairly strongdown a little from past weeks but still very much worth the dollar when you look at the price they cost in the stores.

Thursday fishing report

We had several boats out bottom fishing on Thursday and the rockfish bite was very good but not a very good collection of Lingcod on this day.  Crabbing still remains good but appears as it does in the early fall to be slightly tapering off.

Tuesday Morning September 21st

September 21, 2021


We had good fishing Tuesday morningwith close to limits on the rockfish and the crabbing remains very good.


We cancelled all trips today (Wednesday) with a growing swell forced our skippers to call the trip before they ever began.  It was not safe out there early this morning  and fishing usually is not very good on days with lager swells..

The ocean weather looks good however  thru next Monday so a good time to book a trips and try for those last few chances to catch a salmon.



Friday September 17th fishing report

September 17, 2021

Bottom fishing

Three of our four boats out this morning had terrific trips and were home an hour early with limit catches. No official information on the crabbing but it has been so good lately I think it would be safe to assume that it was really good also.


The catching seems to be slowing down as these salmon in our area seem to be moving north to get ready to run the rivers up north.  One of our vessels brought home six really healthy looking salmon for some lucky customers.  There are still reports of fish moving up thru our area from the south so the salmon catch might improve quite a bit if you’re here on the right day.  Remember the season is open daily till September 30th.  

Weekend – Monday fishing information

The storm they have been predicting for almost a week now is finally going to arrive tonight with wind, rain and growing seas.  It looks lie we have sun things down thru Monday as Tuesday is looking like the next day things might be settling down.

Remember not only do we have bottom fishing and crabbing going on but the salmon fishing will be open thru the end of the month, September 30th. Keep in touch with us thru our office directly or we will be posting updates on our website as we receive them.

Thursday September 16th fishing report

September 16, 2021

Terrific fishing this morningwith our one vessel out today got a total limit of rockfish but there was not a report on the Lingcod catch.  The crabbing was also very good with the boat bringing home 90-crabs for the folks onboard participating.

Looks like we will get Fridays’ schedule in as we have quite a few boats going out as the fishermen are seeing the quite large storm approaching the coast Friday evening with gale force winds.  Sounds like it might effect us getting out thru the weekend.

Non-selective salon quota update

Our area caught a little over 6,000 salmon this past weekend and the roll-up got our area an additional 6,000 fish approximately. Right now we have caught right around 30% of the quota which includes the roll-up.  The folks at the ODFW now has opened the season starting this Friday, September 17th every day till the 30th of September or until the remaining quota is caught.

The official ODFW release is written below:

Non-selective Coho Season: Open Sept. 10-12, and Sept. 17 through the earlier of Sept. 30 or the quota of 20,230 coho. Bag Limit: Two salmon per day. Minimum lengths: Coho – 16″; Chinook – 24″; steelhead – 20″; and no min. length for pink, sockeye, or chum salmon in ocean fishery. Open dates may be modified in-season.

Fall and Winter fishing reports

September 15, 2021

We have entered the fall season and we will be running fishing trips when the weather is good and we have enough folks wanting to go.  There are still two more three day openings in September for salmon fishing on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  Of course we will also have bottom fishing and crabbing for you daily.  Sounds like the weather will be really good thru the remainder of this work week but the weekend looks like the first significant storm will hit the area since last spring. We will update the sight when we have fishing reports and information for you.  It was a great summer of fishing and that you for your support and business.

Monday September 13th fishing report

September 13, 2021

Bottom fishing was only fair today with a few Lingcod in the mix along with a good number of Lingcod.  Crab. pots picked up on the way home had quite a few crabs in them to share with the participants on board.

Sunday September 12th fishing report

September 12, 2021

All fishing trips for this morning have been cancelled due to rough ocean conditions.  At this writing we hav a 9-10 foot swell with moderate winds out on the ocean waters.

Saturday September 11th fishing report

September 11, 2021

The salmon fishing was just ok this morning but we have no exact totals for you.  We did hear over the radio what they were fighting were the huge jellyfish out there and lots of mackerel biting hooks.  Not a lot of take home fish caught but lots of action and we heard quite a few fish lost reeling them into the boat.

Bottom fishing was good both on the shallow water reefs and the outside deeper water reefs. One of our boats limited the boat on rockfish and was only one Lingcod short of a limit on those critters.  The captain said that they had to sort thru 30+underized Lingcod which tells us that the population of the younger guys is really good one might think.

Friday September 10th fishing report

September 10, 2021


The reports that we heard was that salmon fishing was quite slow this morning with not that many fish caught.  The action was also slow with the ocean seemingly a little dead this morning with not many birds working the water or anything.  Its only the first day of the September fishery and we did hear that boats off of Waldport had good action down there.  Those fish will be moving thru our area here pretty soon.

Bottom fishing

No reports thus far on the bottom fishery from the boats up north but we did have one boat that fished locally and limited out on rockfish and was home an hour and a half early.


Crabbing was also very good this morning with not a whole lot of information but the word was it was good.

Thursday September 9th fishing report

September 9, 2021


The September salmon season is here and opens tomorrow morning.  Should be a crowded day in Depoe Bay with hopefully lots of fish to catch and almost perfect weather (excluding the fog).

Bottom fishing

It was the kind of ay we have been looking for for around ten days now with good fishing in the shallow water and in the deep water.  Limits or close to l limits for all the passengers on our boats this morning. There were some Lingcod caught but a slower day on those guys.


Excellent day in pulling up the crab pots as a lot of the females we have been throwing back the past week have left and nothing but nice big males to take home.

Wednesday September 8th fishing report

September 8, 2021

Only one boat out this morning for TW and it was very slow fishing for the first three hours. Then the fish woke up and the next hour was really good fishing with Lingcod, deep water black bass and lots of really nice sized Canary rockfish.  Will call them deep water Black rockfish because you don’t ordinarily find good numbers of them out in the 170-foot range but they were today.  Go figure??  Crabbing was also really good with around 6-per person participating.

Sounds like really good weather coming up with the start of the second salmon season of the year beginning Friday morning.  There might be  a little swell however headed to the area for Sunday and we will keep a eye on that for you.

The latest on the non-mark selective Coho salmon season opening Friday

A non-mark selective coho season for Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is scheduled to be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning on September 10 and continuing through the earlier of the non-mark selective coho quota of 14,000 coho or the end of September. An estimated 51,724 coho were left on the summer quota.

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers have requested that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) calculate the number of fish that could be rolled forward on an “impact neutral” basis from the remaining summer fishery quota to the September non-mark selective fishery quota. “Impact neutral” means that the conversion of quota from the summer season to the September season will not result in increased impacts on any Endangered Species Act listed coho stock or any other stocks of management concern when compared to the preseason expectations. This calculation indicates that no more than 6,230 coho could be added to the non-mark selective coho salmon season and stay “impact neutral” on all coho stocks of management concern.

A conference call is scheduled with NMFS for September 14 to formalize the “roll-over” calculation. On that call, ODFW will have the opportunity to request that all or a portion of the available “roll-over” be added to the September non-mark selective coho season. A preliminary estimate of the harvest from the first 3-day opening in September will be presented during the call which may warrant further adjustments to the fishery, such as, adding additional open days per week or scheduling an earlier ending date if needed.

September 7th daily fishing report

September 7, 2021

It was a strange site up off the Lincoln City reefs this morning as every boat up there fishing this morning were out on the outside deeper water reefs.  For the most part the big boats in the charter fleet almost always fish the shallow water reefs in 40-100 feet of water.  For whatever reason the fish inside the past few days have not been biting much at all and today it was interesting to see many of the big boats out fishing in 150-200 feet of water.  Others were further inside in around 120 feet of water.

Fishing in the deep water was pretty good with one vessel reporting close to one Lingcod aroundand about 80% of the rockfish also in the fishing totes.  It was a slower bite out there than the past few days but not as many of the throw back fish we see in the deeper water.

Crabbing today after 3-4 days of below average crabbing and finding lots of female throw back cabs today it was fantastic.  The average was somewhere north of 7 per-person.

Monday September 6th fishing report

September 6, 2021

On this Labor Day and after the big swell that hit the Depoe Bay area yesterday afternoon and overnight the fishing was pretty slow with around 3-4 fish per person this morning.  The crabbing which has dropped off some in the past half week came in today around 3-crabs per person on the boat participating in the crabbing.

Have a good Holiday

September 5, 2021

We do have two boats (Mr Max & the Kadaho) going out in the morning on bottom fishing and crab trips and we do have some openings on either boat.  There is still time to give our office a call and hop onboard or just show up as a walk-up.  See ya in the morning and Happy Labor Day.  

September 5th fishing report

Fall is upon us and in September it seems every year things are a little different especially on the bottom fishing reefs.  All of the big boats reporting found fishing inside in the shallows really slow this morning so they did exactly what good skippers do they ventured out into the deeper water. Even though it was still a little slow out there they did have some pretty good snaps and brought home some nice looking fish.  All in all Lingcod fishing was slower today but the deeper you went to find fish the better it was.  The Canary’s and Yellowtail rockfish were really on the bite this morning in water over 170-feet deep.  The problem out there was you had to sort thru countless small fish to get to bringing home some respectful sized rockfish for the folks onboard.  Then there was the as it seemed never ending China, Copper and Quilback rockfish which we cannot keep anymore in 2021.  Some of these fish are really nice sized fish also and back in the water they go.  To top off the morning even the crabbing this morning was a bit slower than it has been.   Fall is upon us and tomorrow might be a totally different story.  Happy Labor Day everyone.

Saturday September 4th fishing report

September 4, 2021

A really good day of fishing Saturday morning with every boat in our fleet was out there possibly the last big day of the summer as things seem to slow down right after Labor Day.  There will be a few good days coming up with the salmon season opening back up next Friday hopefully for a 3-week run on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  

For today it was all about bottom fishing with questionably the nicest ocean day of the summer if not the year. The ocean was absolutely flat with no wind, warm  and lots of sunshine out there.  The deeper water boat caught lots of rockfish mostly Canary’s along with a good number of lingcod.  The shallow water boats also saw an increase in the rockfish bite along with some great looking Lingcod as you can see in the pictures included.

Crabbing was also excellent with a little bit of a guess averaging 5-8 crabs per person after they were divided up.

Friday August 3rd fishing report

September 3, 2021

Only one report this morning and that was from one of our boats fishing out in the deep water off the Lincoln City Reefs about 6-7 miles north of the Depoe Bay harbor.  It was terrific fishingas after only about an hour we had over half of the Lingcod and about 10 rockfish (Canary’s) to start off the trip.  Then the same thing happened from a previous report a few days ago happened & the drift speed went from about a .7 all the way up to around the 1.6 knot rate.  Not as bad as the other day when that drift speed hit 2.6 knots.  They were still able to fish the deeper water (150-180 feet) but it made it more difficult to stay on the bottom to catch the remaining Lingcod.  Bottom line was they limited on the rockfish (all Canary’s except for one) and only came up two Lingcod short of a limit.  Beautiful ocean and a good day.

September 1st fishing report

September 1, 2021


The Mariner was crabbing up north in close to the beach and got 82-of them in his totes today which was about 7.5 crabs per person on the boat participating.

Bottom fishing

Only one report on a boat fishing up north off of Lincoln City fishing in deep water and after only three drifts had almost all of the Lingcod and only 6-7 fish short of the rockfish quota.  Then as the boat was returning for the fourth drift which the skipper thought would be the final drift to limit the current elevated from a .7 knot drift to a 2.6 knot drift.  With that change in drift speed went the great fishing and only a few more rockfish were caught the final two hours.

Tuesday August 31st fishing report

August 31, 2021

One report off the Kadaho this morning with a interesting report on the bottom fishing.  The skipper reported that the Lingcod bite was excellent and the rockfish bite was slower.  Sounds possibly a little strange but that is a phenomenal which is not all that rare.  One old-timers take on that has been that there are many-many more rockfish then Lingcod and when the rockfish are not feeding then that gives the Lingcod a better chance at the bait in the area. When you have a heavy bite on the rockfish you might not catch as many Lingcod.  Sounds like a vicious circle in some respects.  The crabbing was also terrific as you can see by the picture with his boat alone collecting 142 of the “creepy crawlers”.  

September Non-selective Coho Season

The Non-selective Coho salmon season begins September 10th, 11th and 12th and every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru the month of September.  (additional dates are:)

September 17-18-19     September 24,25,26

The length of the season depends on several factors.  First the quota is 14,000 fish plus there will probably be a rollover from the left over fish from the summer quota.  The ODFW will announce before the first weekend what that roll-over might be if any but in past years there has always been one.  Then of course the weather always is a factor along with whether or not the fish that were here all summer are still out there in the area. One of our super secret sources did tell us today that they expect the quota to hold up thru the three weeks of the September season.  No guarantee on that but it would be nice if it did.

2021 final summer season salmon numbers

The fishery in our area from Cape Falcon down to Humbug Mountain (Oregon/California border) in the mark selective season saw us catch/harvest 68,067 Coho salmon.  That resulted in 56.7% of the 120,000 fish quota.  Certainly no argument it was one of the the best salmon seasons for as long as some of us remember.  Depoe Bay finished 2nd in the retained catch per angular at 1.18 fish per angler trip.Depoe Bay harvested 8,713 Coho salmon and retuned to the water 10,862.  We also harvested 297 Chinook salmon.

Monday August30th fishing report

August 30, 2021


No salmon today because the season is closed.  The next season will open up Friday, September 10th.  This is the one where we do not have to deal with the adipose fin thing called the non-selective Coho season .  If the fish are here it should be fun!! The season is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening each and every week until the end of September (OR) until the quota is reached.  Right now it is set for 14,000 but there should be a roll-over as it is called foe the 60,000 fish left on the summer quota.  Normally the roll-over is not much and if you want to get a few more salmon you better book early as this season if these fish are still here will not last long.

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

Bottom fishing today was hit or miss and some of our boats “hit” and some”missed.  Sometimes as we have used the the phrase before you just have to be in the right place at the right time.  Did not hear about any good Lingcod catch but quite a few rockfish caught.

Crabbing was very good as the word was around 6-7 crabs per passenger participating.

August 29th Morning Fishing Update-why we cancel and when

August 29, 2021

Sunday morning trips

All of our fishing trips this morning have been cancelled due to rough ocean conditions. We hope to be back on the water tomorrow.

Why and when we cancel trips

There are times we know well in advance that we are not going to be running fishing trips the day/night before and when that is the case we do everything possible to contact by phone or voice mail that we will not be running trips the next day.  These are sometimes tough calls because we know that in the summer months in particular folks make these reservations well in advance in conjunction with a trip/vacation to the coast.  Sometimes however (like this morning-Sunday the 29th of August) the day before forecast was well within the standards that the new ownership of Tradewinds Depoe Bay has set for making these decisions.  Thus we were able to make the decision based on the ocean forecast that we get from NOAA that this morning was going to be a GO.  Sometimes and not often in the summer months the forecast comes in wrong especially for Depoe Bay because of the unusual bar and middle grounds out to the buoys that no other harbor on the Oregon coast has to deal with.  This morning was one of those times when we had to make that decision with folks waiting at the office to go fishing that the conditions for getting out there were not safe, comfortable or fishable.  When that happens we fully realize that folks have not only gotten up early but spent money to get to the Depoe Bay area such as fuel expensives.  We sincerely apologize for these times which are rare in the summer to those who have been disappointed. The new ownership of Tradewinds has set there main goal as customer service which takes in operating safely and providing the best ocean experience and successful fishing that we can.  

Additionally if ANYONE outside of the Tradewinds management (other booking agents-private individuals, etc)  has told you that we make these decisions and then not try to contact you in advance whenever possible they are being extremely dishonest with you.  Please feel free at anytime when you might see some ocean conditions that may be unfavorable for getting you out there to call our office as everyone in  the office staff is being updated on what is happening the next day.


2021 summer salmon season in a nutshell

August 28, 2021

No argument from any one that this was one of the most successful salmon season on record. Interestingly enough the season started very slow with poor fishing only to take off the last ten days or so in June.  From that point forward it was pretty much lights out fishing until the final day of the summer season.  Today (Sunday the 28th) was that final day and the fishing was poor like the season started.  No one can deny however that we saw the finest salmon population and healthy fish we have seen in many years.

Tradewinds had a great season and we gained many-many new customers with the salmon season by there own testimony with our salmon boats going out without big loads.  Our boats that are certified were only allowing 11-13 fishermen on the salmon trips which was more fun for the folks onboard. Certainly without question this brought down the number of tangles that can occur on any boat but with smaller loads those tangles were greatly reduced.  The NEW TRADEWINDSis totally committed to customer service and has had a rewarding summer with old, new and undoubtably future customers.

Saturday August 28th fishing report

Bottom fishing

It was a rough day out on the water today as we not only had the fog it seems we have had all summer but mix in wind and rough seas on top of it all.  It was a big boat day as the 6-pac vessels stayed in port and the fishing was really good for one of our boats and slower for the others on the bottom fishing side.


The salmon bite was very poor this morning.  The rough seas and northerly winds obviously scattered the fish out to deeper water  with the cold water produced from the northerly winds and it was really tough to get out to where they might have been.  Very few legal take home fish were landed this morning as we end the summer 2021 salmon season on a down note.

Friday August 27th fishing report

August 27, 2021

Bottom fishing

Not much to report as most of the boats were involved in the salmon fishing as the summer salmon season closes tomorrow.  One boat did report in on the deeper water fishing and after two crazy terrific days on the Lingcod that slowed down some as everyone caught one on the boat but not nearly as good as the past two days.  The rockfish bite in the deeper water produced almost a limit of rockfish with Canary’s, Sea Trout and Yellowtail.


Crabbing was very good today with one boat reporting around 7-8 per person.


As we wind down the summer salmon fishery with the final day being tomorrow we had three vessels fishing for them this morning and one boat limited and from the last report the other two came closeto filling the tags for all of the passengers. Lots of throwbacks as it has been all summer.

Thursday August 26th fishing report

August 26, 2021


One boat out today on the salmon grounds and after a slow start the fish turned on quickly. They had apparently moved closer into shore with the southerly breeze we have and that warmed the water up inside.  When they found them it was not long that produced a limit for the boat today passengers and crew.  

Bottom fishing

The bottom fishing boats were divided into three groups this morning with those that fished up north on the Lincoln City Reefs, those that stayed close to home on the Government Point reefs and the one boat that ventured offshore in the deep water.  There was no information as of yet on the closer to home boats but the one boat Mr Max up on the Lincoln City Reefs got a real quick limit once he found the spot that the fish were hungry.  The offshore deeper water boat limited out on Lingcodand had a really nice collection close to a limit of Canary’s and Yellowtail.  


Crabbing as it has been the past month or so was terrificwith probably in the neighborhood of 5-6 crabs per person.

Wednesday August 25th fishing report

August 25, 2021

Salmon (4-DAYS LEFT)

(update) Salmon fishing was excellent today once again with three large vessels out there this morning and two of them limited all passengers and I am going to assume that the other one did also.  The other one were speaking about was on a 8-hour combo and with the less time to salmon fish on the 1st half of the day sometimes the time runs out but I am positive the boat either limited or did exceptionally well.


Lots of crabs came into the cooking dock and the cookers were hard at work cleaning crab and cooking them.

Bottom fishing

The Sunrise reported in that it was one of his best Lingcod daysin a while along with some nice Cabezon.  The one picture shows some fish caught by one of the passengers with a limit of Cod and a few rockfish.  Another boat reported in from deep-deep water of passenger limits of Lingcod nine of them the size of the one the lady is hoisting up.  (sorry the skipper takes bad pictures).  There was also a whole mess of really nice Canary rockfish caught on the boat which are fish normally caught in deeper water.  Good day on the reefs.


Tuesday August 24th fishing report

August 24, 2021

The salmon fishing remains very strong as one boat was back in by 9an and the other boat for TW salmon fishing was doing very well.  There are just a boat load of fish still out there and the fish are getting larger it seems by the day.  One boat today reported 2-3 of the fish that were harvested today to be at 10-pounds and possibly a bit more.  Some really big fish out there and the best thing about them are they are really healthy fish.  It pays for a successful salmon fishery to have healthy fish that have lots of bait to feed on and that is what’s happening in the summer of 2021.

Bottom fishing today was reported to be only fair which was the term used by one of the skippers. Nor many Lingcod on the filet table but the crab collected on the way home was really very good.  

Final week of the summer salmon season

We are in the final 6-days today of the summer salmon season and everyone must agree that it has been the most successful season in possibly 30+ years.  With the report we heard that they expect 1.5 million returning Coho salmon up the Columbia this fall possibly the future summers look to be as exciting as this one.  Only time will tell on that one.

As of August 22nd Depoe Bay had 6,498 angular trips and landed  7,437 harvested Coho salmon. There were 9,098 native Coho salmon returned.  That is 1.19 salmon harvested per angular trip which puts us ahead of both Newport and Florence  That might be a good reason to fish with Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

So far in our area we have secured 63,300 fish from the 120,000 fish quota for the summer season which is 52.7% of the quota.

The season ends this coming Sunday, August 28th.  It re-opens September 10th and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the 14,000 quota for the non-selective season is reached. That quota size probably will rise some as normally there is a rollover from the left over quota from the summer season.  The ODFW will lets know about that as the time gets closer.

Monday August 23rd fishing report

Bottom fishing

No report on the morning action but things in the afternoon on two boats on combo trips was very slow.  Lots of fish showing just very few of them biting.


Salmon fishing was terrific again this morning especially if you were able to get the ones to bite that had the healed adipose fin.  One of the lager boats limited on the “good ones” this morning where another boat struggled all morning putting the good ones in and spending a lot of time throwing the “bad ones” back in.  The action all morning long was very exciting.


Fantastic !!

Sunday August 22nd fishing report

August 22, 2021

The bottom fishing report saw all of the boats doing really well this morning and this young lady on the dock holding her prized Lingcod she caught.  Catching in the deeper water was really good today with huge Black bass but mostly really nice sized Canary rockfish.

Crabbing today across the board was excellent and some of them are those  2 1/2 to 3 pound monsters.

Salmon as it has been now for going on two months minus just a few days remains traffic.  The Mr Max got a big boat limit todayand there was loads of action.  Some of these salmon are getting to the 10 pound stage now.

Saturday August 21st fishing report

August 21, 2021

Finally we are back on the ocean waters.  Two boats came back in a little early with bottom fish limitswith one showing off some great looking Lingcod. A good variety of fish today with Blacks, Blues, Yellowtail, Canary’s and a few Sea Trout.

Crabbing was also pretty good with good numbers coming in from all boats so far today.

When you are off the salmon fishing for three days there is loads of apprehension heading out in the morning basically thinking, “where do we go?”  It turned out that fishing was not as good as it was before the bad weather cycle but it was still pretty good with close to one around per angler and lots of throw backs on one of the boats salmon fishing this morning.

The first Tuna trip of the year went out this morning and so far there has been no reports on the goings-on offshore.  Will try to give you a report sometime this evening when the boats return.

(Saturday evening). Not a good day out on the Tuna grounds.  All of the intel we received was good  the days before and when we got out there & things looked good.  However, the fish were either not there at all or they were down deep and not coming up.. It was a frustrating day and we have cancelled our Monday Tuna tip until we get some intel that hopefully delivers the goods the next time we go.

Friday August 20th report

August 20, 2021

After 3 1/2 days off the water it is finally looking likewe will be back on the water Saturday morning.  The forecast looks good and even the ocean in the fog today from what we are able to see is looking much better as well.  So all of you folks holding fishing reservations for the Saturday morning we will see you bright and early.

Charter fishing trips for Friday, August 20th

August 19, 2021

We are cancelling our scheduled fishing trips for Friday morning, August 20th due to forecasted adverse ocean conditions.  We are looking at the ocean weather carefully and it appears by mid-day Friday things will begin to mellow out and be done with this 3-4 day string of bad ocean weather. Our main focus is on comfort, safety and good fishing success (CATCHING) for all of our passengers so if you are scheduled for tomorrow morning to fish with us give us a call to re-schedule.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Salmon catch index as of August 15th

Summer marked selective Coho salmon season

As of August 15th we have caught 48.8% of the 120,000 fish quota.  So far from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border which is our zone we have caught 58,554 adipose fin clipped Coho salmon. So with only 10 days left in the summer season there is little to no doubt the we will get thru this season without reaching the quota.  All in all it has been a great summer season.  Depoe Bay and Florence are very close to ranking 2-3 in the number of Coho salmon caught.  Depoe Bay is averaging 1.17 fish per angular trip.  Depoe Bay has harvested 6,836 Coho salmon and 286 Chinook salmon while returning 8,286 Coho salmon and returned 58 Chinook salmon.

Fall Non-selective Coho salmon season

The fall season we have a quota of 14,000 non-selective Coho salmon which means we can keep any legal length Coho salmon we catch.  Since we will not reach the summer quota there will be a roll over of some of the quota leftover but normally it does not amount to very much.  The season opens September 10th and is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the month of September thru September 30th.  If history comes thru this September don’t expect that season to last very long.

August 18th daily fishing report

August 18, 2021

Nothing to report today as the entire fleet at Tradewinds did not start an engine due to hazardous ocean conditions.

Oregon Charter Vessels

For the education of our valued customers there are two types of charter vessels that work out of Tradewinds.  There are the certified vessels which are regulated by the US Coast Guard on how many passengers they can legally carry.  Then there are the (UPV’s) uninspected passenger vesselswhich are regulated by the State of Oregon and some federal US Coast Guard regulations and can only carry six (6) or fewer passengers. .  Certified vessels are legal to use their best judgment on when to cross the Depoe Bay bar and out into the ocean waters as long as they are at or below the certified number of passengers assigned to the vessel by the US Coast Guard.  They can be told by the US Coast Guard on extreme ocean conditions not to cross the bar on a COTP closure (Captain Of The Port). Uninspected passenger vessels are solely regulated by the US Coast Guard on when it is safe to cross the bar by the documented water line length of the vessel.

It is always our goal to get our passengers out on the water and to give them the best opportunity to not only have a great time but to catch fish.  The rougher the water the more difficult on most occasions it is to catch fish and be comfortable.  Cancelling trips is a difficult decision for Tradewinds as some folks come a long way to go out fishing.  Please always keep in mind your safety is paramount.

Daily fishing report-Tuesday, August 17th

August 17, 2021

Good fishing today while we were able to stay out on the ocean waters as a summer rather large swell showed up a little earlier then expected and created growing hazardous conditions on the bar crossing.  Some of our boats were already back in with limits but three others came home early for the safety of all of our passengers.

While they were out there the salmon fishing remained terrific with a salmon boat limiting and four bottom fishing boats all came home even a little early with great catches.  There were also quite a few Lingcod caught this morning.

Crabbing remains excellent as well.

Daily fishing report – August 16th

August 16, 2021


Another great day with both of our salmon boats were either limited early in the trip with another just two fish short of a limit. Really nice Chinook salmon picture that was caught. The vessel which was short two fish had to end the salmon version of the trip and go bottom fishing as it was a 8-hour combo trip.

Bottom fishing

One of the vessels was in early with limits of rockfish but did not hear from the boat that he was able to land any legal Lingcod.


Crabbing continues to be really great either in the deeper water spots or the shallow water beach area spots.

Daily fishing report-Sunday August 15th

August 15, 2021


Salmon fishing this morning was once again and a little of a surprise outrageously good.  After a slow fishing day Saturday the word out of Newport is they had a pretty decent day so our three boats headed down south a few miles before putting the gear in.  The three boats had fish on immediately.  They found a water change  south about three miles in 30 fathoms of water that was just loaded with birds and the fishing got pretty intense with doubles and triples on most all of the time.  Our 6-man boat limited and was home shortly after 8am and the Kadaho and the Mr Maxfishing many more people also limited everyone including crew. Nice picture of a 20+ pound Chinook salmon caught on the Mr Maxand some really nice fillets from our quality fish cutter pictures.  Lets hope this keeps up tomorrow. The last picture the limit catch off the Kadaho on the way home.  $0 total fish including 1-King salmon. Great Picture !

Bottom fishing

No information as of yet.

Daily fishing report-August 14th

August 14, 2021

Salmon fishing was slow again this morning with quite a bit of action but not very many take home fish coming into the filet table.  The good news out of Newport from some sport boat folks that they limited early right out in front of Newport in about 170-200 feet of water.  So we can hope that these fish will be moving north up towards Ddpoe Bay as the days go by.

Bottom fishing was apparently good this morning as one boat was back in early with a limit of rockfish.  No real information about this trip right now so we will get more information for later in the day.

Daily fishing report-August 3th

August 13, 2021

Bottom fishing was very good today as the water temperatures returned to normal ranges up to the low 50’s and the fish were on the bite with the three vessels out there today.  Did not sound like a lot of Lingcod were biting today but the rockfish were with lots of limits on the boats this morning.

Crabbing as it has been was excellent.

Salmon slowed today for the first time in a week or so.  When the boats out salmon fishing today got their gear in the water it was” lights out right off the bat” but then it slowed down to just sporadic action for the rest of the morning.  Sounded like the average score was about a half a fish per angler on the boats this morning.


Thursday August 12th trips

August 11, 2021

The Tradewinds Depoe Bay fleet will not be running bottom fishing  or salmon trips tomorrow (Thursday-August 12th) because of a reported large swell that is forecasted to hit the coastal waters off Depoe Bay early in the morning.  Swells could be 8-9 foot and there movement will be out of the west and with a minus tide to boot that gives opportunity for the Depoe Bay bar to be very nautical and can be dangerous to cross.  Sorry for those who had reservations tomorrow morning but SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST AT TRADEWINDS.

Daily fishing report-August 11th

Salmon fishing this morning was really good as we had two boats out there on the salmon grounds and both did especially well.  No limits on either boat but pretty close on one and better then one per rod on the other.  There were many-many throw back fish with the adipose fin and the action as pretty much non-stop.  TheMr Max caught a beautiful 20 pound King salmon with the picture here to your right.  The fishery is terrific this summer but I guess you could say that an angler on a charter vessel or a private sport boat you need a little luck to get the ones we can keep.

The bottom fishing this morning with some cold water back was hit and misswith one vessel doing exceedingly well and others struggles a bit.  As we spoke of before the slower sea bass bite gives a better opportunity for the Cabezon and Lingcod to bite and that did happen this morning.

Crabbing was really food again this morning.

Some fishing news for August 10th

August 10, 2021


The ODFW reported  this morning as of August 8th we have caught 42.5% of our 120,000 fish quota which equals to 50,991 Coho salmon caught in our zone.  That leaves around 70,000 fish left on our summer salmon quota which ends on August 28th.  We are almost assured totally of the season running out the season to August 28th as we have more then enough Coho salmon  left on the 120,000 fish quota.  Depoe Bay is right on the border line of 2nd place on the fish caught with 1.15 fish caught per angler trip and 5,811 total Coho caught.   It has been a great summer of salmon fishing.

(Bottom Fishing)

We also learned that at a management meeting the past few days that because the salmon fishing has been so good and at the same time takes pressure off the bottom fishing that our 5-fish limit will hopefully hold thru this 2021 season.

(Quillback/Copper/China Rockfish)

In talking to someone who seems to know a lot about how the quotas work the question of the Quillback quota came up.  It seems that the Depoe Bay area is prime for catching Quillback, Copper and China rockfish but we also have to cooperate with the other ports/area in our zone.  Some word is they are trying to establish area different guidelines for how that quota is determined based on our area being so strong for where the fish are in larger supply.

Daily fishing report-August 10th

Not a great deal of good stuff to report today from the fishing trips as we had lots of wind on Monday afternoon and as it does sometimes stayed in the area all night long.  The wind was blowing 15-20 knots in the early morning part of the trips out there  and when it did let up mid-morning only the wind produced swell was left to contend with.

Bottom line fishing was slow on the bottom fishing grounds as we retuned somewhat to the colder water produced by the northerly winds we had last week.  Though fishing was on the slower side this morning the good news is that things will improve much sooner then the 10-day run we had last time with colder water as this will be out of here sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Salmon fishing was also slower this morning with colder water normally pushes the salmon offshore to the warmer water offshore but because of the ocean conditions getting out to the deeper water was difficult.

The crabs don’t care about any of the above and that part of the day was still pretty good.

Daily fishing report-August 9th

August 9, 2021

Salmon fishing was really good again today with two boats out this morning for TW with one limiting the boat and the other boat really close.  There was an abundance of the throw back modelstoday which can be extremely frustrating both to captain and crew as well as the passengers.  Everyone on the boat get to reel in lots of fishbut it sure is nice when they reel in that fish without the adipose fin and you see iti getting a filet job on the TW docks.

Bottom fishing was also really good as the three boats fishing up north out in the middle range depth water had good days on some nice Lingcod, Canary’s and the normal Black bass.

Crabbing was also excellent todaywith lots of the

Daily fishing report-August 8th

August 8, 2021

Bottom fishing was very good this morning as yesterday both in shallow water and the deeper water.  A picture from one of the deeper water boats shows a few totes full ofCanary rockfish which are fish you almost always catch in the deeper water outside of 150 feet normally.  Once in a while they sneak inside to the more shallow water but that is normally reserved for the Black rockfish (sea bass) and other shallow water species. There were also some really nice Lingcod caught todayon the deeper water fishing vessels like this one off the Mr Max.  

Crabbing was also very good this morning with lots of crabs coming into the crab cooker and they are really nice large sized ones.  Lots of good eating tonight on the TW charter boats for those participating in the crabbing.

Salmon once again as it has been for several weeks now spectacularwith our one salmon boat limiting and getting home about an hour early.

Daily fishing report-August 7th

August 7, 2021

Well the water finally warmed up to 51-degrees and guess what? The bottom fishing went nuts not so much different then the salmon fishing.  It didn’t to seem to matter up north on the bottom fishing reefs as inside in the shallow water or outside in the deeper water there were limit catches on the boats reporting in.  Others not quite as well but still a pretty good catch of fish across the fleet.  Not a good picture but this passenger caught this Cod-Zilla on his very first drop of the morning.  The Lingcod had a nice sized Canary rockfish in its mouth.

The salmon went insane againafter a early morning lull where they just could not find them.  As the water warmed up on the bottom fishing grounds so did the water further out.  The salmon have been found the past week about 5-6 miles offshroein 40-70 fathoms of water (240′-420′). So salmon like that 52-53 degree water so in they came and followed the warm up. The big catch this morning was well inside that in 25-35 fathoms and both our salmon boats limited there customers.

Daily fishing report-August 6th

August 6, 2021

Salmon fishing today was a continuation of the past week with great action and lots of take home fish as well as throw back fish.  One of our boats (Kadaho) that was on a salmon/bottom fish combo trip limited the boat in take home salmon with 38-fish onboard and was bottom fishing a little earlier then expected.  He had at one time 13-fish on at the same time.  We are making room for more salmon trips in our fleet and schedule so go e us a call at Tradewinds if you want to go on a salmon trip.We can only assume that the other two salmon boats this morning were doing as well.

The bottom fishing as we have been referring to the past 3-4 days on the cold water finally changed this morning.  The water warmed up to 50-51 degrees with a southerly flow overnight and the word from the inshore shallow water boats was that the fish were doing a lot better then the past 7-10 days.  One vessel was out on the deep water in the 150-200 foot range limited the boat on rockfish and had a great catch of Lingcod as well.  A very large Vermillion rockfish was caught this morning and we have a picture of it.

Crabbing remains very good so all in all a great time to be fishing out of Depoe Bay with Tradewinds.  Give us a cal as the weather sounds good for the foreseeable future.

Daily fishing report-August 5th

August 5, 2021

The salmon fishing as it has been was excellent today not only with the Coho salmon but today featured quite a few Chinook salmon (King salmon).  One vessel the Mr Maxbrought in 4 of those very large salmon specimens.  We have a few pictures of the King salmon catch here for you to see.

Daily fishing report-August 4th

Bottom fishing improved a little more today as the water continues to warm up with some spots showing 50-degree water.  Just a guess voter we think the bottom fish are going to take off here in short order.  There were some really nice Lingcod caught today also.

Salmon again today was fantastic.  The boat came really close to a boat limit but just a few to many throw back fish today then in the past few days.  Still a great day.  Really good reports out of the south where they are having great success on salmon and those fish will continue to move thru the Depoe Bay area as they move up the line.

Weekly Salmon Quota Update

August 3, 2021

ODFW Weekly Coho Salmon Harvest Numbers

As of August 2nd (Monday) w have caught 40,157 Coho salmon  which were harvested as part of our 120,000 fish quotawhich ends August 28th.  That comes down even with the great fishing only slightly over 33% of the quota has been caught even with this great fishing we are having.  Pretty darn positive that we will be fishing salmon this summer clean up to the August 28th final day of summer fishing.  This is also great news because it allows the bottom fishing to be not so heavily fished so we keep that open also thru the summer and early fall months.

So far Depoe Bay has landed 4,322 legally harvested Coho salmon & 4,478 fish with attached adipose fin put safely back into the water.  We are averaging by those two numbers 1.04 fish per salmon angler trip.  Newport as normal is far ahead of everyone with 18,425 Coho salmon harvested but that is because they have many-many times the number of boats leaving the harbor to fish for them.  We are 3rd with only Winchester Bay in front of us and Garibaldi/Depoe Bay very close together in third place.

Its a great time to fish with TW for salmon and bottom fish so get down here and fish with us before the summer fades away.

Daily fishing report-July 3rd

Early morning salmon report for this morning has one boat already back in with a limit of salmon.  The action was spectacular!!  Most will tell you that an honest assessment of this years salmon season would show that it might not have ever been as good as this in the past 30+ years.  Yes, we have had some slower days where there have been only a few fish caught but for the most part the action has been really good to amazing.  Now, the fish are gaining weight it seems by the day and  to see some 10-pound Coho salmon caught is not out of the ordinary.  Come down and catch a few salmon with the best on the coast-Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Better bottom fishing this morning was better then what it has been as a little change in water temperature has helped.  However that change in water temperature is slow coming as the northerly winds just keep blowing hard in the afternoon and early evening hours.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) seems to be the final day of this 10-day windy system we have been seeing.  None-the-less the fishing was decent this morning with fining bass and bird banks working on surfacebait but the fish were biting some but not like when we see conditions like this normally.  A huge Lingcod come up and ate a bass right off the hook and got hooked himself in the process.  The young boy in the picture did the hard work and with some advise from the skipper and dad & got the fish.  Quite a specimen would you not think?

Daily fishing report-Monday August 2nd

August 2, 2021

The daily fishing report is out in the early morning on this day as all of the TW fishing boats were out and everyone of them came back in without wetting a line.  The ocean forecast was not all that bad but it sure was not fishable.  Once in a while in the summer the NOAA forecast misses the mark and the ocean turns upside down.  That was the case this morning.  Looks much better for tomorrow so we will see you then.

Daily fishing report-August 1st

August 1, 2021

Bottom fishing continues to be a little slow but has improved some over the past few days as the water warms up.  We are almost up to 50-degree water and that its normally a good sign for the bottom fish to begin to bite.  We will see tomorrow.

Salmon fishing is absolutely spectacular these past two days.  (Don’t those filet’s look just inviting to your taste buds?) As soon as you get your lines in the water it seems fish are on immediately.  Both boats out for TW today cameback early with limit catches along with a few Chinook salmon.  The Coho salmon are getting bigger by the day it seems.  This has been a great year for salmon the majority of the season once they actually showed up in the area the later part of June.

Daily fishing report-July 31st

July 31, 2021

Bottom fishing is continuing to improve by the day as the water begins to warm up from all the northerly winds we have been having.  Radio reports from the boats this morning found all of them were getting the fish to bite much better than in the past week.

Crabbing continues to be very goodin the 4-8 per person range depending on the boat and the day.

The salmon bite this morning was as good as it gets. It was extremely difficult to keep the lines in the water as pretty much as soon as you got a line in the water a fish was on it.  The only problem might be if you were unlucky enough to land to many of the salmon with the adipose fin still attached.  One of our vessels was back in by 9:45 with a limit of really nice Coho salmon.  They are getting really big it seems by the day with some of them in the nine pound + range.

Daily fishing report-July 30th


Salmon fishing today was feast or famine.  One boat came back with 17-take home salmon (The Kadaho) and the other boat came home with none. One nice King salmon was past of the salmon catch (picture).  It’s good to be in the right place at the right time.

In the bottom fishing side of things it appears that things picked up some but again (right place right time).  It seemed like the deeper water spots were the ticket for success today for the morning boats with doubles coming up for the reporting boat the Mr Max.  Another boat bottom fishing late morning and early afternoon came within one for a limit on Lingcod and one fish short on the rockfish (Again right place right time).

Daily fishing report-July 29th

July 30, 2021

Salmon fishing was excellent today and the fish had moved in closer to shore from the day before.  We did not get limits but the Kadaho brought back in from our math one fish per rod average and the action was tremendous.  The deckhand told us that the throw backs was 30+ so everyone was reeling in fish and the luckier ones got to take some home.

Bottom fishing remains slow in the colder water closer to the shoreline and we are hoping for the northerly winds to begin letting up so the 47-degree water temperature will begin to rise which will cure the problem. One positive about this cold water is that the Lingcod don’t seem to mind it as we are bringing home some really nice ones.

Daily fishing report-July 28th

July 28, 2021

Another tough day out on the water with the bottom fishing bite which was slow for everyone.  The salmon bite was better but today there were just to many throw back fish and not many take home fish.  We will survive here and wait for another day hopefully tomorrow.

The weekly ODFW salmon update

July 27, 2021

As of July 25th we have caught 34,867 Coho salmon in our area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border. That comes to 29.1% of the 120,000 fish quota.  It looks like odds on favor of the summer salmon season will last thru the August 28th quota date.  So there should be hopefully lots of days of really good salmon fishing till the end of August.  Depoe Bay so far has landed 3,805 harvested Coho salmon and had to release 4,054 with the adipose fin. Depoe Bay is averaging 1.05 fish per each angler on a salmon trip both sport and charter.

Daily fishing report-July 27th

The bottom fishing improved somewhat today with everyone doing a little better than the same boats that fished yesterday. One boat was able to get out to the deeper water reefsand really did a number on the Canary rockfish along with a few really nice lingcod.

Crabbing was really good today as it has been here lately with somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 per person.

Salmon after yesterday extremely slow day rebounded and the catch today was decent on the take home fish and pretty good on the number of throw back fish.  There is no control over the ones with or without the adipose fin so you just hope you get lucky.  As you might know in the summer salmon fishery the native fish with the adipose fin must be returned to the water unharmed.  Where the hatchery fish the ones with the healed adipose fin we can keep.

Salmon report-July 26th

We have had a good salmon season so farwith many good days of catching Coho salmon out there.  We have had a few lulls in the action from time to time but there has been this summer more coming thru the Depoe Bay area.  A report we have heard it might just be happening again here soon. A report just to the south of Newport is that there is a heavy bite going on around Seal Rockjust a few miles to the south.  Those fish will be coming thru our area soon so we are hoping for something to pick up here in a few days hopefully.

Daily fishing report-Monday July 26th

July 26, 2021

It was one of those reallyrough days that charter boatssee only a few times each year with difficult fishing both on the bottom fishing grounds and the salmon grounds.  Tomorrow however is another day and we will be out there working even harder to find the fish wanting to bite.

Daily fishing report-July 25th

Bottom fishing was much better today even though the weather was windy and choppy where the fishing took place. Much better bite with the Sunrise boating this really nice Lingcodin the picture provided.

One salmon boat out there this morning and the ocean weather offshore was better then it was inshore where the bottom fishermen were. Weird??  Anyhow even in cold water, windy choppy conditions our one boat put eleven fish on the boat.  Pretty good day and good to know we have fish still around.  They are nice big fat ones and getting bigger by the week.

Crabbing was decent today and one boat leaving them out overnight brought back around 100 of them.  

Daily fishing report-July 24th

July 24, 2021

The salmon bite today was minimal as we had rough ocean conditions along with a very thick fog.  Normally August type weather but here we are in late July.  Our one boat out there came home with 6-take home salmon and had a number of throw backs as well.  Tough conditions for any fishing this morning.

The bottom fishing was like the salmon bite which also was minimal. The northerly winds have made the ocean temperatures drop from a very good 50+-degrees down close to the 47-degree mark.  The boats reported lots of fish showing but only a few were biting.  One boat did produce quite a few Lingcod and the Cabezon seemed to be biting on all the boats as well.  The other rockfish the ones that give the numbers were rather slow this morning.

Daily fishing report-Friday July 23rd

July 23, 2021


Salmon fishing this morning was “Crazy Good”with so much action it was virtually impossible to keep all the rods in the water. The boat we had out this morning on the salmon grounds was done by 9am…Really nice fish also with over half of them in the 8-9 pound range.  Without question the best salmon season we have had in many years.

Bottom fishing

The boat are not all back yet but it sounded like things were going really well on the bottom fishing grounds including this young man catching a great looking Canary rockfish. One of the boats out on the bottom fishing grounds today was the Mr Max and he found the fish in biting mode up north off the Lincoln City reels for a really good day.

Daily fishing report-July 22nd

July 22, 2021

Salmon fishing was excellent this morning for the two vessels out there enjoying non-stop action for the first  two and a half hours of the trip.  After that the salmon thru the off switch and it was “scratch fishing” for the remainder of the trip. Before then we boated lots of fish with one of the boats getting to only needing one fish to limit and the other boat had lots of take home fish.  Both boats reported lots & lots of throw back fish.  Good morning all the way around.  Including a few photos of todays salmon  catch.

Don’t know a hole lot about the morning bottom fishing boats but two of them limited early and were back to the dock a hour or so before the original landing time.

No reports on crabbing today.

Daily fishing report-July 21st

July 21, 2021

Salmon fishing today was just like it has been here lately with plenty of actionbut we still are sorting thru the native and hatchery Coho salmon.  Some days have been better than others in that sorting but other days there are many more native throw back fish than take home ones.

Bottom fishing today was very goodwith limits or very close to limits on all four bottom fishing boatsout this morning with one boat almost bring home a limit of Lingcod with one short of that limit.

Crabbing was decent today with some the boats doing better then others.  They seemed to have moved in to the more shallow water and the boats crabbing in that shallow water seemed to do better than those crabbing out a little deeper.

Still lots of quota left for salmon

It has been by any measure a really good salmon catch year here in the summer of 2021.  With the 120,000 fish quota we as of July 18th have caught 22% of that quota equaling 26,346 fish caught in our area.Here in Depoe Bay weharvested 2,932 Coho salmon and 205 Chinook salmon averaging 1.05 fish per rod per angler trip.  Over past years this is a pretty good salmon year with good opportunities for folks to catch a take home salmon.  We have also released 2,960 Coho salmon and  42 underside Chinook salmon.  So as yon see lots of fish biting and lots of fun for our passengers.   The season selective summer fishery runs thru August 28th.

Tuesday fishing report-July 20th

July 20, 2021

Salmon has remained constant these past 4-5 days with good actionpretty much from start to finish but about 1-fish per rod on the average over this stretch of time.  Lots of action as we said but also lots of throw back native salmon with the adipose fin which must be returned to the waters unharmed.

Bottom fishing was good from some radio reports heard but not red hot.  I seems these past 2-3 days we have come home with lots of rockfish but the shallow water Lingcod fishing is fairly slow. We are getting some Lingcod but maybe only about 4-5 on a big boat and on some boats more.

Crabbing remains to be very good in the 4-6 range per person.

Daily fishing report-July 19th

July 19, 2021

Bottom fishing was just average this morning with one of the boats being in the right place at the right time and had quite a few fish bite the hooks.  Some of the boats got to that spot a little late and struggled with the catch this morning.  One of the boats went out from the shallow water and caught quite a few lingcod and one Halibutbut the rockfish bite on this boat was quite slow.

Salmon fishingwas as it has been the past 3-4 days with lots of action and quite a few take home fish but there were also lots of throw back fish with no limits this morning but all in all a really good catch.

Crabbing was really good again this morning with in the neighborhood of 5-6 per passengers participating.

Sunday fishing report-July 18th

July 18, 2021

Bottom fishing was hit and miss for the boats today with one doing really well and others having some good drifts but only an average catch today up along the Lincoln City reefs.

Salmon on the other hand was really decent this morning with one boat limiting on some really nice 7-8 pound Coho salmon and the other boat also having a good trip with a nice catch but lots of throw back fish.

Crabbing continues to be really good especially in the shallow water spots up north along Gleneden Beach.

Daily fishing report-July 17th

July 17, 2021

Good to talk about the best report of the day and today that would be the crabbing.  All of the boats out today for TW had really good reports on crab with an estimated 5-6 per person. That is a good score as they seem to be beginning to get to the shallow water where it is easier for us to get to them. They are in pretty good shape also with not many of them are real soft and many of them really hard.  A good thing to add to your fishing trip if you like crab.

Salmon fishing this morning was pretty much hit and miss with one boat having quite a bit of action but not many take home fish.  They other boat did not have as much action as the other but took home six leagal fish.  Go figure on that one??

Bottom fishing was excellent this morning with very few lingcod being reported but anexcellent grade on the rockfishwith some of the Black rockfish weighing in along the 5-6 pound range.

We do have a Halibut boat out today and we will try to report the outcome to you later in the evening.

This is the first Tuna report of the year as the news from offshore is not good as far as charter boat getting out to where they are.  The last report we heard was over 100 miles offshore much too far for our fleet to get to them.  Hoping for a August & September fishery so we will keep you informed.

ODFW Halibut season report

July 16, 2021

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) summer all-depth halibut fishery will open every week (Thurs – Sat) starting August 5-7, until the quota is met, or October 31. High winds during the spring all-depth fishery caused bar restrictions and/or bar closures up and down the central Oregon coast, severely limiting the number of anglers able (or willing) to participate in the fishery. With much of the spring all-depth quota remaining, we are looking to provide anglers more opportunity to harvest halibut this year during the summer all-depth fishery


During days open for all-depth halibut fishing in the months of June, July and August, EITHER a combination of sablefish, Pacific cod & other flatfish species OR longleader rockfish may be retained when halibut are onboard the vessel. Longleader gear fishingmay be combined with a halibut trip, but only outside of 40 fathoms, and once rockfish are on board, no further halibut fishing is allowed.

Daily Fishing report-July 16th

The bottom fishing was excellent today as the water warmed up into the 50’s and the bite of the rockfish was on in the more shallow water reefs for rockfish. Several of the boats took advantage of the nice ocean conditions and ventured out into the deeper water one in the 120-foot range and the other in the 150+ range.  The rockfish limit was not achieved on either boat but they were close but the Lingcod bite was just fantastic with one boat limiting passengers and crew.  Look at the specimen in the picture to the right which was a 43-inch  fish weighing in at 30+ pounds caught on the mr max.  We call those types two names: a “Big Boy” or “CodZilla”. Theater picture shows the fish spread out for a Kodak moment on the filet table.

Salmon fishing three days ago was fantasticbut the following day only average. The next day it was pretty good that being yesterday but today it cooled off for a slower bite. Tomorrow is another day.


Thursday fishing report-July 15th

July 15, 2021

We had the Coast Guard buoy tender out in front of the harbor servicing the buoy’s we use here for navigation.  (Nice ocean huh?)

Bottom fishing report only available on one of the boats fishing the deeper water  as the rest were fishing in the more shallow water and no report as of yet.  The one boat was fishing in the 120-140  foot range and it was terrific fishing with a boat limit including crew on the Lingcodwith many of them 15-20 pound specimens.  They also sent back to the file table a good selection of Canary and Black rockfish.

No reports on the crabbing today.

The salmon bite was much better today then yesterday with somewhere around 1 take-home fish per customer with other boats a little less then that.  It was better by quite a bit then yesterday with lots of throw back fish.  Sounds ike some more good fishing is heading our wayout of the reports from the south.

Fishing report-July 14th

It was bound to happen and it did on two fronts.

The salmon bite went downhill this morning as the fish have either moved further north or the cold water just made them dive into deeper water which is out of reach for charter vessels. There was still action and we did catch some but not like it has been. We also heard that Newport experienced the same thing so we are thinking the great school of fish we had here for close to a week have moved north where they naturally go.  Now we wait for the next school of fish to get to our area out of the south or deeper waters.  We will keep you informed.

The bottom fish bite also took a nose dive today as it was a real struggle to get anything to bite as our catch scores were quite low today.  The 47-degree water has a lot to do with that.  The ocean weather was improving this afternoon and some areas were showing 49-50 degree temperatures so hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Oregon Salmon Index Update-July 13th

July 13, 2021

So far thru July 11th (Sunday) we have caught 14,103 Coho salmon out of our 120,000 fish quota.  That puts the percentage at 11.8% of the available quota caught.  Most of the fish caught are from Winchester Bay north which is helping us to keep the season open.  The south coast is hardly seeing any Coho salmon caught which is historically about right where they have more of a Chinook salmon catch.  Newport has the greatest number of fish caught as it has many more angler trips going out then any of the other ports..

Lets hope that things keep going for us here in Depoe Bay as a few of the skippers I have talked to who have chartered out of Depoe Bay for many-many years all say that this is the best salmon fishing we have seen in 30+ years.

Tuesday fishing report-July 13th

Bottom fishing improved a little bit from yesterday asn the 47-degree water is slowly starting to warm up and the fish are responding better today then they did yesterday and a few days before.  The Lingcod bite is pretty good as they seem to like the colder water better then the rockfish do.

Salmon fishing today remains excellent even though it appeared from one viewpoint that there was a tiny-tiny bit less action then the past few days. It was still fantastic as we had limits on our boats today.

Crabbing remains just around a little below average from past years at this time with possibly 2-3 per person depending on the boat.

Monday fishing report-July 12th

July 12, 2021

Bottom fishing was decent todaywith the rockfish bite a little slower then normal but still good catches.  The really good news this morning was that the Lingcodwere biting better then the rockfish biteand lots of them came to the filet table today.

No word on the crabbing this morning.

Salmon fishing today was again phenomenal.  Two boat out this morning and both back early with limits for passengers and crew including a few King salmon.  Some pictures of todays catch included.

Sunday fishing report-July 11th

Bottom fishing was a little slow up in the north area off Lincoln City we were told and was really hot down south of Depoe Bay.  A few lingcod were caught but not all that many today.

The crabbing report was pretty good for the boats out in about 60-70 feet of water off the beach area north of Depoe Bay with one boat bringing in 40+.

Salmon fishing continues to be excellent with three boats today limiting and the fish are gaining weight it seems by the day.  There were a few in the 8-pound range today and one nice King salmon reported.  The picture on this report off the Mariner and his limit catch in about 3 1/2 hours.

Saturday fishing report-July 10th

July 11, 2021

Crabbing continues over the past 3-4 days to get a little better each day as (they might) be finally getting into the more shallow waters.  Its just easier for us to get them in the more shallow water and much easier for the folks on the boats to pull-up the pots.

Bottom fishing was good today with lots of rockfish and quite a few Cabezon once again hitting the filet tables. There was a fair assortment of Lingcod in the mix as well.

Salmon continues to be red hot with the Marinerback into the harbor with a limit by 8am just two hours after leaving the harbor.  As you can see from the pictures the folks onboard display there catch and take a look at those beautiful filets.

Friday fishing report-July 9th

July 9, 2021

A fishing report today depended on where you were.  Some of the boats up north reported slow fishingand one boat fishing south had a really good bite which a good number of Lingcod.

Only heard the report from one boat from the morning and that boat reported 7-8 per person certainly better then what it has been lately.

Salmon fishing was really good again but maybe just a touch slower then the past few days.  The only thing that made it a touch slower is that there were too many throw back fishand not enough to limit on the take home fish.  But as you can see from the pictures really nice and very healthy Cobo salmon.


Thursday fishing report-July 8th

Bottom fishing today was very goodespecially the more shallow water with lots of rockfish and lots of Cabezon hitting the filet tables.

 Crabbing was only fair with pots full of crabs but most of them were the girl crabs but there were quite a few boy crabs in with all of the girls.

Salmon continues to be spectacularwith limits on our two morning boats and an afternoon boat went out and limited in about an hour with two nice King salmon hitting the hooks.  One is in the picture below.

Wednesday fishing report-July 7th

July 7, 2021

Salmon fishing was without any argument absolutely amazing this morning with Non-stop action.  One of  our boats was quite a good distance south down by the Yaquina Head lighthouse and the other off Whale Cove five miles out about 220 feet of water.The one picture shows the catch off a smaller vessel with a family charter with there limit catch.  Really nice lookin fish this morning including this nice Chinook salmon.

Bottom fishing was decent today but not Red Hot.  Good catch of rockfish and saw some nice Lingcod on the filet table as well.

Crabbing has been up and down the past week but today was one of the “UP” daysas we had some decent catches in deeper water this morning.  

Tuesday fishing report-July 6th

July 6, 2021

Salmon fishing was pretty decent today but possibly not as good as it was the two previous days.  One of our vessels out today got two-thirds of the fish needed and spoke to having to throw back about a dozen wild salmonand had another dozen fish on and lost.  So not limist but good action for the folks onboard.

The bottom fishing we were told was a little on the slow side with some good drifts early in the trips then they pretty much turned off towards the end of the trip.

Monday fishing report-July 5th

July 5, 2021

No TW boats out on the salmon grounds today but we will have the next three days for sure.  The word was that they are still around in good numbers but the folks are having to throw back many of them because they still have the adipose fin which makes them wild fish so the experts say.

Bottom fishing today was spotty even though most of the boats for TW came home with limits of rockfish or really close.  Quite a few Cabezon were caught today as that season opened July 1st.  Not many Lingcodwere reeled in today as the Northwest winds returned this morning cooling down the water and then there is the abundance of bait fish in our area presently.

Crabbing we were told did improve slightly this morning.

Sunday fishing report

July 4, 2021

Happy 4th of July America

In what appears to be huge numbers Salmonas even with all of our vessels this morning bottom fishing all of the boats were reporting either salmon being caught and returned (barbless hook rule) or salmon chasing lures.  They hardly ever stay in one spot for long periods of time so better call TW and get on down here.

Bottom fishing this morning was a little slower then it has been with all of the big boats fishing really close to home but in a five hour trip it appears that all got the job done on the rockfish anyhow.  The Lingcod bite has been slow the past week or more probably because of the amount of bait in the water. Here is one of the Lingcodwhich was still hungry and bit a hook on the Mr Max. The fish have to be plugged full of bait/food.  Interesting that the rockfish are even biting with this amount of bait but they are coming up with mouths full of the stuff.

Remember its Cabezon season as well . (see pic to right)

No word yet on todays crabbingbut it has been quite slow especially for this time of year.

Afternoon salmon trip at TW

The Coho’s are Here !!!

Saturday fishing report – Salmon Alert Below

July 3, 2021


The Salmon appear to be here.  A few sport boats known too this reporter are catching quite a few this morning on a rocky ocean but if your catching who cares…RIGHT?  The TW charter boats all bottom fishing were catching Coho salmon while bottom fishing so the secret is out.  Better give us a call and get down here and get some salmon for the freezer.

few bottom fishing boats bay in already with rockfish limits and one boat caught quite a good number of Lingcod in the deeper water.Kinda a wishy-washy ocean this morning but it seemed to be getting a little better as the morning went on.  Someone needs to tell the Ocean Gods that summer is here.

Crabbing is back to being a little poky again.  It should be about the time that the crabbing starts picking up for the summer but not yet especially in the shallow water.

Friday fishing report

July 2, 2021

Three boats out this morning and one was back in in less then two hours and the other two came under the bridge right on the 5-hour trip mark.  No information came our way but from what was being said on the radio fishing must have been pretty good.  If we get some more information later in the day we will pass it on to you.

Thursday fishing report

July 1, 2021

No trips out today due to rough bar conditions.

Some good Salmon news (maybe)??

June 30, 2021

Was looking at the ODFW Salmon index information and for the first time there is an indication that the fish are on there way up to our area and pretty soon it looks like. The ports of Brookings, Charleston and Winchester Bay in southern Oregon have shown marked increases in the number of salmon being caught this past weekwith quite a few take home fish as well.  There is also increases in Florence and Newport so hopefully in a few days things will get going around here.  Keep your fingers crossed and tune back in for the best and most accurate information on the ocean fisheries around.

Wednesday fishing report

We had 2-3 vessels out this morning and they were all spotted up around the Government Point area about a mile north of the city at that time in the morning. The boats were out at 6:30pm and all three were back in early (actually quite early) with rockfish limits.  No word on the Lingcod catch.

One of the boats salmon fished for a while with nothing biting.

Crabbing was only mediocre this morning as most of the boats here the past few weeks have been putting their pots right out front in the deeper water.  The bite out there went from really great about a month ago to really bad about a week or so ago then began to pick up some this past week.

We have a Halibut boat going out the next three days and there is one spot open for Thursday only.

Summer weather here beginning Wednesday

June 28, 2021

Looking for a nice day to be on the ocean and do some fishing?  The weather reports were seeing show a little windy day and choppy conditions for tomorrow. The weather for the future ocean forecast shows light winds and nice ocean conditions for the rest of the week thru Sunday.  Come spend our nations birthday weekend at the Central Oregon Coast and book a fishing trip with the best fleet of skippers on the coast at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.  The fishing should be really good.

Monday fishing report

No salmon trips today as we are trying to inform the folks of the fishing being quite slow and awaiting the arrival of more fish.  When that happens the TW fleet will be on them.

The bottom fishing was “red hot” this morning with doubles coming pretty much on every line it seemed.  The Mr Max reported in that he was done very quickly on the rocklish limit and spent a few more hours out there trying to lure a few Lingcod to bite the hooks.  Only a few of the Ling’s bit the hooks today.  Kind of a bouncy ocean so the boats after about three hours called the trips and came home early.

Crabbing is better the past few days in the depth of 80-100 feet and we have been bringing back in some decent scores.  Hoping these crabs begin to move into the more shallow water so not as much of a chore for the passengers pulling them up.

Sunday fishing report

June 27, 2021

We had all of the vessels in the Tradewinds fleet out fishing today except for one and the fishing was almost identical to yesterday. With half or so of the boats limiting on the rockfish with a few Lingcod and the others coming close to a fishing limit but ending up just a few short.

The good news of the day was the crabbing with the catch numbers beginning to get much better again out in the slightly deeper water maybe in the 80-90 foot range.

Saturday fishing report

June 26, 2021


Had one boat out on the salmon grounds this morning and there were not many fish but we did get this nice take-home Chinook salmon.  We had one other throw back Coho salmon and the word relayed to us this afternoon is that they might be here in 7-10 days as we are getting some good reports out of Coos Bay and Brookings.

Sounds like we also had a good bottom fishing bite with several boats limiting out on the rockfish with some nice lingcod and a few others that did not quite meet the limit standard but had really nice quality fish but just a few short.  The Kadaho just weighed into this report with 21-limits of rockfish and 10-11 nice Lingcod fishing really close to home.  A cool picture of a couple kissing there dinner tonight.  Great day on a nice ocean especially after the fog lifted.

Friday fishing reports

Sorry but NO fishing reports turned in for this day.

Thursday fishing report

June 25, 2021

One boat back in early follow by another boat back in early and that means limits of rockfish on those vessels.The 50′ Kadaho left a few hours later in the morningbecause of a minus tide for safety reasons on the bar entrance and also finished up early in the later part of the morning.  He had a limit of rockfish and a few over 20-Lingcod on his catch like the one to the right..  Thats a really nice catch on a really beautiful late June fishing ocean.

Wednesday fishing report

June 23, 2021

We had two boats out on the bottom fishing reefs this morning and one was back in a little before 9am.  That would mean a limit of rockfish for that vessel and we noticed that the boats were fishing close to home just al little on the north side of the harbor.  The ocean looked fairly nice this morning with a little light fog/fog rain in the area.

Tuesday fishing report

June 22, 2021

Another good day out on the Pacific bottom fishing with the Kadaho reporting with a really solid rockfish bite as you can see from the picture to the right.  Looks like the Kadaho was fishing out in the deeper water with all of those beautiful Canary rockfish in the fish totes.  You can also see some nice Lingcod in the tote as well under the canary’s.  Not quite as good Lingcod fishing this morning from yesterday but it was pretty darn good for the summer months with the one passenger catching his limit this morning not the “Cod”.

The weather is improving after 4-5 days of wind, fog and rough seas as it look more like summertime weather this morning.

Monday fishing report

Four big boats out on the ocean this morning with all four bottom fishing with one on a 8-hour combo with salmon and bottom fishing. Only one boat reported in the Kadaho and he had a terrific trip on the bottom fishing grounds with total limits on the rockfish and also not a limit but really close to one on the Lingcod as well.  Take a look at some of these great pictures of the catch today.

Sunday fishing report

June 21, 2021

Salmon fishing is still pretty slow but with some information from the south we do expect things to begin to improve here pretty soon.

Crabbing folks this weekend came to a low point so far this year where there were very few caught.  We advise you folks out there who have crabbing plans when going out fishing with us to check with the office on how things are going day to day.

Bottom fishing was excellent over the entire weekend even with fishing in pea soup fog on Sunday and windy and choppy conditions.  There was no swell so to speak so that made it a little more comfortable.  Lingcod fishing was decent on Saturday but slowed some on Sunday.

Saturday fishing results

June 19, 2021

The salmon bite today was not good with one fish caught that had to be returned and a few other take downs.  Pretty disappointing based on the predictions of a great season but I assure they just have not shown up yet in our area.  We will always give you the accurate information that we have to date and will certainly very quickly let you know when the do arrive here off of Depoe Bay.

The bottom fishing like the salmon fishing was sporadic as we just have very cold water down in the 47-48 degree zone which is not good for both salmo0n and bottom fishing.  We have had a lot of northerly windshere that past few days and from early Friday to this afternoon the water temps have dropped around 10-11 degrees.  Fish get cold also.  One boat did find some biters and limited on the rockfish and had 6-7 Lingcod as a add-on. The heavy winds will  be dropping offsometime tomorrow as the heat in the valley subsides.

Thursday fishing report

June 18, 2021

It was a pretty nice morning on the bottom fishing reefs even though it was a little windy out there but no swell so to speak.  All of the boats from the reports we heard got limits or very close to limits on the rockfish and one boat came home with 8-9 Lingcod.  Crabbing was not good today at all as there were not many crabs in the shallow water reels up north.

Wednesday fishing report

June 17, 2021

Two vessels out for TW this morningand it looked like one was fishing up north and the other just out in front of the harbor.  No reports were available so far this evening.

Tuesday fishing report

June 15, 2021

A good day out on the pond this morning with 3 big boats and one 6-pac boat out there on the bottom fishing grounds.  No salmon boats out there for TW this morning.

The bottom fishing was excellent with limit reports coming from all of the boats out there with lots of really nice sized black and blue rockfish and a decent assortment of Lingcod. Some of the pictures added here show some of the nice “COD” and two of them Cod-zillain the size range.

 Crabbing was mixedwith boats in one area of the deeper water spots did not produce much but another boat had decent crabbing just about 4 to 5 football fiends to the north.  So go figure?? One of the pots on a big boat did really well in a “super secret spot” that only a very few know about!!

Monday fishing trips

June 14, 2021

We had the entire fleet out this morning with half of them fishing bottom fish and the other half on the salmon grounds.

On the bottom fishing side all three boat got limits on very close on the rockfish side but not a whole lot of Lingcod bit the hooks today which were legal.  One boat reported lots of “shorties” but only a few legal ones they were able to bring home.  Crabbing was better todaybut the deeper water crabbing has slowed down some which leaves us to believe that maybe they are settled into the shallow water like they do in the summer months.

On the salmon sidenot much action at all.  One boat had the best score with two take home Coho salmon and the other two had one fish and none on the other with several take downs but nothing that could be kept.  When the ODFW opened this season earlier this year then ever before in the past 10-15 years there was skepticism abound on how good it might be in the first 2-3 weeks.  There are some out there but they were quite small ones in the 4-5 pound range.  They will get bigger as the summer goes on and so will the numbers of fish caught in our area also as the summer goes on. Last year we had a quota around 18,000 fish and this year because of the way the ODFW makes these predictions they gave us 120,000 fish.  So we know it should be a good summer of salmon catchingwe just have to wait till they get here.  Normally the Coho salmon start out more on the south coast and work there way up here and in past years as far back we can remember the better fishing normally started to get better late June into the rest of the summer.  So stay tuned for accurate reports and when to give us a call for better salmon fishing.

Sunday fishing report

June 13, 2021

No salmon boats out this morning as all who did go this morning on a steady rainy day we’re doing the bottom fishing thing.  No word on any crabbing that was done or a Lingcod catch but one boat was home with about half the trip left with obviously a limit on the rockfish.  The other boat we heard from fishing was going very well up off the Lincoln City Reefs.

Yesterday the salmon boat we did have out caught  2-legal take home Coho salmon and had two others on and possibly a few other takedowns.  That was the salmon action on the five hour trip.  The fish that were caught were in the 4-5 pound variety which really is typical for this time of the year on the Coho salmon.  There might be some good news in that we have a few fish already here this early in the season as we normally the past 10-years or so have not even began the season till late in June.  With a 120,000 fish quota we feel that they will begin to show up in larger numbers hopefully soon.  We do have one trip for tomorrow already scheduled and a few more during the week.  We will give you the accurate account of the salmon action here as we get it.

We also have Halibut trips this week and if interested give us a call or see the website REZ system for the dates this week we do have trips headed out.

Did hear some Tuna newsthe other day and that the conditions we are seeing thus far offshoredo give us some positive hope that this will be a good season and the fish will be coming in our way more so than the past few years.  We will keep you informed and normally this season might start sometime late June or the first part of July.

Mid-afternoon Saturday fishing report

June 12, 2021

Don’t have hardly any information for the day on either the salmon or the bottom fishing.  I did hear early this morning that one salmon boat had a triple on and were able to keep one of them as assuming the other two had adipose fins and had to be returned to the water unharmed.  Will try to get some better information for you along with a bottom fishing and crabbing report later in the day.

Too Rough on Friday

June 11, 2021

Windy, wet and rough ocean today.

It’s a quick hitter so all should be a “GO” for tomorrow.

Thursday fishing report – No boats out on Friday due to weather

June 10, 2021

Four vessels out on the bottom fishing reefson Thursday morning and in a unusual occurrence the best bottom fishingfor both the rockfish and the Lingcod was within five minutes of the harbor.  The skippers dropped there crab pots out front and saw some signs of fish in the area and dropped in on them and it was terrific fishing.  On most occasions our skippers venture up north off the Lincoln City reef area but one of the things our skippers are good at is recognizing the signs of where the fish might bite.  So it was a great move by the TW big boats to fish close to home as all of the boats fishing their limited out on the rockfish with some nice Lingcod like the one in the picture caught aboard the Mr Max.

One boat ventured up north to the deeper water off Lincoln City and found tons of fish but not many of them were biting but they caught about half a limit of rockfish and some nice Lingcodwas the bonus.

Crabbing was fair today in the deeper water spots out in front of Depoe Bay but has dropped off some over the past few days.

(Friday Trips)

Our office has cancelled all trips out of Depoe Bay on Friday as we have a quick hitting weather system coming in tonight and Friday.  The good news is that it will be out of the area in time for all activities for Saturday.


Wednesday fishing report

June 9, 2021

Three of our vessels out this morning and all three had great trip out there.  One boat fished fairly close to home (Kadaho) and the statement was, “we could not keep the fish off the hooks”!  There are days like this and makes one wonder what happened to the same fish in virtually the same spot from biting just a few days ago.

Crabbing remains strongin the pots coming from the water around 80-110 feet.

The coming weekend right now looks like good weather for the opening of the 2021 salmon season with a short hiccup on Friday.

Tuesday report

June 7, 2021

We’re back in action tomorrow morning with a full fleet lineup as we go after the Lingcod and rockfish on morning trips.  The weather looks really good in the morning but the last two days even kept the “Big Boats” tied to the docks!

Looks like decent weather for the remainder of the week with a weak front that might bring some rain and some wind for Friday.  The forecast is going back and forth but right now looks better than it did yesterday.

Remember Salmon opens up Saturday morning.  Fish On !!!

Fishing trips cancelled Sunday and Monday

June 6, 2021


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REMINDER: Be sure to check for any regulation updates (above) before heading out.

Last week was not a banner one for the ocean anglers. Along the coast, high wind swells and bar closures prevented most boats from going out and fishing for bottomfish. Bigger boats that could get out brought in a mix of black, blue and deacon rockfish with an occasional canary rockfish in the mix. The lingcod bite has slowed down drastically. Many anglers have been concentrating on estuary salmon fishing.

The offshore longleader fishery

Offshore longleader fishing gives anglers an opportunity to catch a larger daily bag limit of rockfish and helps distribute effort so boats are less concentrated on nearshore species. On a longleader trip, an angler can keep up to ten rockfish (in aggregate) of certain species. The species are as follows: yellowtail, widow, canary, chilipepper, deacon, blue, greenstriped, redstripe, silvergray and bocaccio rockfishes. Are some of these species new to you? No problem – check them out here.

Longleader gear: How to rig up for the offshore longleader fishery and FAQs


Here are a few ways to help study rockfish identification.

Try the bottomfish species ID quiz and work on your identification skills for commonly caught bottomfish. Also try the “Yelloweye Rockfish or Not?” quiz to help hone your ID skills for the prohibited yelloweye rockfish.


Knowing exactly what you've caught will keep you on the right side of the law. Check out this quick ID guide to confirm your catch.

Pacific halibut

Remember: Regulations require anglers to IMMEDIATELY record their catch on their Combined Angling Tag – paper or electronic. Immediately means:

  • Prior to rebaiting and putting the line back out.
  • Before taking a snack or drink break.
  • Before heading back to shore.

OSP reports that during a recent ocean patrol, 75 percent of halibut anglers were out of compliance – there were fish on the boat that had not been tagged. Don’t be one of those.

Anglers who keep two halibut per day in Oregon south of Cape Falcon (as allowed for the remainder of the 2021 halibut season), and who are using a daily or multi-daily combined angling tag to record their halibut harvest, must:

  • Record the first halibut on the paper tag or MyODFW app as usual.
  • Record the second halibut in any open space on the paper tag, or on any paper if e-tagging (anglers using e-tagging should plan to have paper and pen with them to do this).
  • Remember to include the species, location code, day and month, and length of the halibut in inches.

See the Sport Halibut Season Page for open dates and details for the Pacific halibut season.


The Columbia River Subarea is closed to Pacific halibut fishing for the remainder of 2021.


The Pacific halibut season is open 7 days per week at all depths in the Central Coast Subarea, and anglers may retain two Pacific halibut per day (six annually), until the quota is met or Oct. 31, whichever comes sooner.

Summer All-Depth (Estimates through Sept. 26)

Landed pounds: 37,989       Remaining pounds: 30,362            Remaining percent:  44 %

A total of 2,554 pounds was caught the week ending September 26, with the greatest catch coming out of Newport with 1,954 pounds. Charleston ocean anglers brought in 488 pounds, Garibaldi 91 pounds, and Pacific City caught 22 pounds.

SOUTH COAST(Estimates through Sept. 26)

Anglers may now retain two halibut per day (six annually).

Landed pounds: 5,259        Remaining pounds: 2,741             Remaining percent: 34 %

Ocean salmon

Recreational ocean salmon fishing within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon) is CLOSED for the remainder of 2021.

The ocean from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. remains open for Chinook salmon fishing (and all salmon except coho) through Oct. 31. The daily bag limit is two salmon per day, a 24-inch minimum length for Chinook and a 20-inch minimum length for steelhead (no minimum length for ocean caught pink, chum, or sockeye salmon). Single-point barbless hooks (no more than 2 per line) are required when fishing for salmon or when fishing for other species in the ocean once salmon are on board the boat.

For the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, there were an estimated 0 Chinook and 166 coho landed with an average catch of 0.96 salmon per angler. Ocean conditions had many ports closed to ocean access for the week.

  • Make sure to “tag” each fish immediately upon retaining the fish by recording the fish on your catch record card, your daily license, or in your electronic license app. Learn more about how to e-tag.
  • For any salmon that you intend to release, whenever possible, release them without netting the fish or bringing them on board.  
  • Observed salmon catch rates by port last week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3):
    • Depoe Bay at 2.00 salmon per angler (24 coho and 0 Chinook).
    • Newport at 1.07 salmon per angler (70 coho and 0 Chinook).
    • WinchesterBay at 0.75 salmon per angler (72 coho and 0 Chinook).

Find the ocean salmon seasons, catch updates, and more information on the ocean salmon season page.


The general marine fish bag limit is 5 daily (a reduction that became effective May 10); only one of the 5 fish may be a China rockfish, copper rockfish or quillback rockfish if caught from shore. Anglers fishing from boats may not retain any of these three species.

Surfperch are available in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety issue.

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Fishing Report

Maine Region ASebago Lake Region

By Fisheries Resource Biologist Brian Lewis

As summer turns to fall outdoor pursuits change from fishing to hunting for a considerable number of Maine outdoor enthusiasts. However, if fishing is your thing or if you want to pursue a cast and blast opportunity, then October could be the month for you. Reclaimed trout ponds support some of the best brook trout resources in southern Maine and there are several open to fishing in October and November. 

Places to go: Open ponds include Abbott Pond in Sumner (access off Black Mountain Road), Oversett Pond in Greenwood (3/4 mile walk in past the gate), and Broken Bridge Pond in Albany.  Each of these ponds offer a quality brook trout fishing opportunity but also have special regulations so please consult the special regulations section of the rule book.  Terminal gear may be limited by special regulation but definitely plan on fishing without live bait and plan on a catch and release fishing trip. 

In the field highlight: A father and son team fished some of these waters early this summer and proved both their angling skill as well as the quality of the brook trout resource.  The video evidence this pair provided was instructional, entertaining, and most of all provided the opportunity to compare our past sampling efforts with the efforts of skilled anglers.

Maine Region BBelgrade Lakes Region

From Fisheries Resource Supervisor Jason Seiders

Places to go:

Kennebec River (Madison) – The Madison section of the Kennebec offers anglers a great opportunity to fish for various sizes of brown trout. This section gets stocked heavily in the fall so there will be an ample supply of 12-14 inch brown trout swimming around. Patient anglers have an opportunity for some larger fish as well, up to 18-20 inches. There’s plenty of access for those that wish to fish from the bank or wade. Quicker water and deep pools can be found in the upper portion of the reach which is accessed along Arnold Lane in Anson. Easier wading and gentler flow can be found downstream near the Father Rasle Road in Madison.

Medomak River and St. George River (Midcoast) – The Medomak and the St. George offer great fall fishing opportunities for brook trout and brown trout. Both rivers are stocked heavily each fall, and each river has numerous access points for angling. Fish are stocked at virtually every road crossing along these two rivers, so folks should be able to find some elbow room and get into some fish. Catch rates on these rivers are usually fairly high, making it a great way to spend an October day.

Lake St. George (Liberty) – I know we mention Lake St. George quite often, but it’s for good reason. This is the most consistent and productive salmon water in central Maine, bar none. A great smelt population keeps the fish growing well and allows us to stock good numbers of salmon. We routinely see fish 20-24 inches, and they look quite impressive this time of year. A bonus is the brook trout fishery which has improved greatly over the last several years. Brook trout numbers are high and fish range from 8-18 inches, and they are some of the most beautiful brook trout in this region.

Reminder: With the changing color of the leaves, many outdoor enthusiasts turn their focus to hunting. Those that remain angling can be rewarded with some truly memorable days. In central and midcoast Maine, we stock more fish in the fall than in the spring. This means that fall anglers can have some spectacular fishing. Keep an eye on our website to see where we’ve been stocking in recent days.

Keep in mind that fishing regulations change on some waters during the fall season. Many central and midcoast Maine salmon lakes and higher quality brown trout ponds switch to artificial lures only regulations from October 1 to December 31. Most lakes and ponds with wild lake trout populations are closed completely until January 1 to protect spawning adults. Please review the regulations for the water you want to fish. Our website has numerous tools to help you with fishing regulations, including the Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT). This tool gives you a statewide view of special fishing laws and gives you an easier way to look at the regulations on a specific water. That said, if you have questions regarding fishing regulations or fishing in general, please give us a call.

Maine Region CGrand Lake Region

From Fisheries Resource Supervisor Gregory Burr

October is an exciting fishing time Downeast.  Lake and stream waters have cooled down and cold-water fish species are active.  We highly recommend fishing for landlocked salmon and brook trout this month.  In Washington County, Grand Lake Stream is open for fly fishing until October 25th and there will be fast action for landlocked salmon as more and more salmon enter the stream before spawning.  Also, West Grand Lake will be open to fishing until October 20th and trolling and casting lures and flies will be very successful for landlocked salmon.  Also, Cathance Lake in Cooper will be fast fishing for anglers looking to troll for salmon.  In Hancock County, we recommend trolling for salmon at Long Pond in Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor.  At the Southwest Harbor end of Long Pond, you can cast from shore at the public access with lures and flies and do very well for landlocked salmon as well as the occasional brook trout.  Also in Mount Desert, Echo Lake will be excellent fishing for brook trout and salmon in October.

Fishing tip: Bright colored lures and flies can work well trolling and casting for brook trout and salmon but so can alewife and smelt imitations. These can be stripped or popped fast along the surface imitating an injured or fleeing prey that many times will entice a shark like response from salmon and trout.

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Maine Region DRangeley Lakes Region

From Fisheries Resource Biologist Tyler Grant

As the leaves start to fall, and the calendar slides to October, many anglers are hanging up the rods and dusting off the hunting gear, but there are still some excellent fishing opportunities in Western Maine if you’re looking to wet a line.

A Few Places to Try:  Anglers looking to travel some dirt roads and take a short hike this October should give Upper Kilgore Pond a try. This 12-acre pond is located in Pierce Pond township, and can be accessed from the North Bowtown road off the Long Falls Dam road. A half mile hike from the trailhead to the pond is required. The pond has an excellent population of stocked Kennebago strain brook trout.  Options to fish from shore are limited, so a float tube or canoe will be your best bet. Upper Kilgore is open through October and November under an artificial lure only, and a catch and release regulation. 

Another great option that will get you out and about this fall is Hurricane Pond. This 20-acre pond is located in Kibby Township and has fantastic views of the Kibby Mountain range in addition to a healthy population of brook trout. It can be easily accessed from a side road off the Gold Brook Road near Chain of Ponds. The angler trail to the water is short and well used.  Hurricane Pond is also open through October and November under an artificial lure only, and a catch and release regulation.  Anglers that want to fish this water should also try to have a canoe or float tube, as shoreline options are limited. 

River anglers also have some great options in October. Some portions of the Dead, Swift, Carrabassett, Rangeley, and Sandy River are open through the late fall.  As always consult the lawbook to find those places that are open and pay special attention to the tackle and harvest restrictions. Most places in Western Maine that are open in October will have an artificial lure only or fly fishing only as well as catch and release regulation. A great way to see these special regulations clearly on a map is with the Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT). View all fishing laws at

Fishing tip: Fall fish are staging in their spawning areas, and the cooler water has them more actively feeding. Brightly colored lures and flies can help to encourage a bite. Small dry flies fished slowly on the surface can be a winner as well.

Reminder: Anglers need to remember that they will be sharing the woods with hunters in the months of October and November, so please be courteous as we all share the outdoor resources Maine has to offer.

In the field highlight: While interviewing anglers for a creel survey last week, I talked to an experienced fly angler who told me a story about the day prior when he was headed into a well-known secret spot.  He met a young couple who were visiting the Rangeley area and had been fishing a lower section of the stream and hadn’t caught anything. He offered to take them along with him. The smiles on their faces and the sizes of the brook trout in the photos that he showed me were quite impressive. This angler had not only become proficient in his chosen pursuit, but he understood the value of passing that information along, even to strangers.  His simple act was the highlight of their trip, and might have started them on a lifetime of fishing.

Maine Region EMoosehead Region

From Fisheries Resource Supervisor Tim Obrey

Places to go: It’s winding down. Your days are numbered. Soon there will be…snow! But don’t panic, there’s still some excellent open water fishing to be had in the Moosehead Lake Region. October is a terrific month for the outdoors person. You can pick up your fishing rod, bow, or shotgun and experience some of the best days in the Maine woods and on the water.

There are a few rivers open during October in this area. Of course, the East Outlet is by far the best opportunity.  There are good numbers of salmon and a few brook trout in the river and they will be very active in early October. They get a little tougher to coax to the fly later in the month.  Take a big, gaudy streamer fly and rip it across a pool to agitate that pre-spawning, hyper-aggressive salmon lying in wait.  Using a tippet less than 8 lb test would be considered an imprudent wager.

The West Outlet is a good spot too.  The hatchery trucks will be dropping off some nice brook trout in the next few weeks and sprinkling them along the river. We also stock salmon in the West Outlet and they can be a nice bonus. Try a few locations downstream along the Somerset Road to get away from the crowds near the Rt 15 bridge and the dam.

The Sebec River is also open in October.  This lesser known spot can provide some opportunity for stocked brook trout and an occasional drop-down salmon from Sebec Lake.  Flows typically pick up around October 15th when the dam operator begins the annual drawdown of Sebec Lake.
You can also try one of the many ponds open to October fishing. Use the Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT) to see special fishing laws

Fishing tip: Now, I’m not going to specifically name any of these smaller ponds, but I can provide some fishing advice in general on these ponds.  You can find some very good fly fishing in October on stocked ponds (view the stocking report online). You can also find which ponds have special fishing laws and may be open in October by using the Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT) and by referencing the list of 2021 North Zone Lakes and Ponds with fall fishing opportunities posted on our website. Try a flat calm evening and watch the surface.  If it has been a warm day, maybe above 65 degrees, there’s a good chance you will find a midge hatch. Salmon in particular will key in on these insects in October. Watch for fish taking “sips” on the surface. They may not look like much, but if you see a fish continually working across the pond, it is likely a salmon or trout. Get in front of it, lay out your fly, and wait. If it’s been cold and maybe a little bit of wind, then try casting a big streamer. It’s tougher to locate the fish if its windy, and they tend to be scattered so be patient, observant, and remember to retrieve that fly in the most obnoxious way possible to trigger the desired response.

Maine Region FPenobscot Region

From Fisheries Resource Supervisor Kevin Dunham

Looking to combine a fall bird hunting trip with the opportunity to harvest some brook trout as well? There are many waters in Region F which remain open to fishing, as well as harvest, year-round.  We implemented a regulation change last year at Davis (Wapiti) Pond in T5 R7 WELS.  The new regulation expanded the fishing season to now allow year-round angling, including harvest in the fall (two brook trout) as well as opening the pond up for ice fishing. An added incentive here is the Shin Pond area offers some pretty good bird cover so you could make a day of it. 

Another Penobscot Region water which remains open to angling and harvest all year is Millinocket Stream (T1 R8 WELS). Brook trout are stocked each fall (13” avg. length) leading to some excellent late season trout fishing in Millinocket Stream. The stream is easily accessed, easily wade-able, you can harvest two brook trout daily, and as an added bonus the stream is in some of northern Maine’s best bird hunting woods.

Lastly, Flatiron Pond in Cedar Lake Township is another water which remains open for year-round fishing (and harvest) and has good populations of white perch and stocked brook trout. This water too is surrounded by some lesser-travelled bird hunting acreage which makes it a pleasant fall destination.
Fall fishing success can often be improved by trying bright colored flies or lures to attract a fish’s attention. A faster than normal retrieval speed may also help entice reluctant fish to take the bait! Also keep in mind salmon and brook trout will begin cruising shallower water along shorelines in preparation for spawning season.

Reminder: As always, if you plan on doing some late-season fishing be sure to check the 2021 Maine Fishing Law Book as regulations differ between the North and South Zones with many of the north waters, if open to fall fishing, being restricted to fishing with artificial lures only and “catch and release” of salmonids.

Maine Region GFish River Lakes Region

From Fisheries Resource Technician Derrick Cote

Places to go: Outdoor enthusiasts think hunting in Aroostook County this time of year but there are many fishing opportunities for those wanting some late season action on the water. In addition to many stocked brook trout waters the following flowing waters are open beyond September. The first two weeks of October can be very mild making a fishing trip well worth it. Below I highlight four new fishing opportunities on flowing water in Aroostook County:

Scopan Stream, Masardis:  the outlet of Scopan Lake, Scopan Stream, flows a few miles to the confluence with the Aroostook River.  This water can be accessed via the public access site near Scopan Dam by taking Sterling Ridge road then Scopan Road.  The best pool is located immediately downstream of the dam.  Anglers will find stocked landlocked salmon here. 

Fish River, Fort Kent:  from Fish River Falls downstream to the confluence with the St. John River. This stretch of river has some great pools throughout holding both wild and stocked landlocked salmon and brook trout. There are invasive muskellunge and smallmouth bass here as well. 

Fish River Thoroughfare, T16R6 and T16R5: from Square Lake downstream to Eagle Lake.  This remote stretch of the Fish River is difficult to access but has a few nice pools closer to Square Lake.  Wild landlocked salmon and brook trout can be caught here. 

Fish River Thoroughfare, Eagle Lake:  from St. Froid Lake downstream to Eagle Lake.  Route 11 bisects this section of the Fish River.  Several deep pools are scattered throughout and will hold wild landlocked salmon and brook trout. 

Reminder: The above listed Fish River Thoroughfares have a rule that allows salmon to be harvested after September and we encourage anglers to harvest their salmon here. 


Salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout and largemouth bass thrive in Devils Lake, the Salmon and Siletz rivers, not to mention Schooner and Drift creeks. Fifty-pound salmon have been caught on the Siletz River. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife stocks Devils Lake multiple times a year with rainbow trout, and many an avid fisherman can find yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Cast your line from the dock or rent a boat to drop your hook in its deep green waters.

Captain Dylan Gorman provides guided fishing excursions on the Siletz River and is ready to help you on your next adventure.

The ocean awaits, with a bounty of lingcod and rockfish waiting to be caught for dinner. South of Lincoln City, Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay hosts a fleet of deep-sea fishing excursion boats to help you catch the big one.

Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for fishing license information.

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Fishing Report: 10/12/2021

The seas have been rough for a couple of days now so we have not been out. The marine forecast for the rest of the week is not favorable either.

Just a reminder that sport crabbing season in the ocean ends October 15th, this Friday so no crabbing after that until the 1st of the year.

We would also like to remind everyone that Dockside will be closed November 1st until December 27th, (Monday). We have had a good season in spite of the difficulties associated with Covid 19. We want to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this challenging year of closures, mandates and general uncertainty.

Gift cards are available and are great for that fishermen on your list.
We can sell them over the phone and if you call in November/December we will be checking voicemails periodically and will be able to take care of you.

Season Info:

Seasonal info will be posted as it becomes available:

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules for the sport groundfish fishery in 2021 (all begin January 1 unless otherwise noted), changes for 2021 in bold:
· Bottomfish depth restriction: 40 fathoms, June 1 – August 31.
· General marine bag limit: 5 fish
o Copper, quillback, and China rockfish: 1 fish sub-bag
o Cabezon: 1 fish sub-bag; opens July 1
· Lingcod: 2 fish bag
· Flatfish: 25 fish bag
· Longleader fishery: 10-fish bag, specified midwater rockfish only; seaward of 40 fm; specified gear; cannot be combined with groundfish or halibut except as noted below
· Longleader fishing allowed after halibut fishing on all-depth halibut trips during the bottomfish depth restriction (June 1 – August 31).
o All fishing with halibut gear on the same trip must be completed before any rockfish are retained.
o Longleader bag limit, gear, and all other rules apply.
o ODFW is developing an informational handout describing this new combined opportunity, which will be posted on our website (paper copies available upon request).
· Descending devices required on all vessels fishing for groundfish or halibut, and must be used when releasing any rockfish when seaward of 30 fathoms

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Fishing Report: 10/01/2021

Coho Salmon season closed for us on the 29th. (the seas were too rough on the 30th) The Samson was coho fishing and Captain James finished strong catching limits for everyone on the boat. The bottom fishing has been doing well also, most people limiting on Rockfish but a slow bite on Ling Cod. The crab catch has been good but variable day to day. Crabbing closes in the ocean October 15th.

Season Info:

Seasonal info will be posted as it becomes available:

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules for the sport groundfish fishery in 2021 (all begin January 1 unless otherwise noted), changes for 2021 in bold:
· Bottomfish depth restriction: 40 fathoms, June 1 – August 31.
· General marine bag limit: 6 fish
o Copper, quillback, and China rockfish: 1 fish sub-bag
o Cabezon: 1 fish sub-bag; opens July 1
· Lingcod: 2 fish bag
· Flatfish: 25 fish bag
· Longleader fishery: 10-fish bag, specified midwater rockfish only; seaward of 40 fm; specified gear; cannot be combined with groundfish or halibut except as noted below
· Longleader fishing allowed after halibut fishing on all-depth halibut trips during the bottomfish depth restriction (June 1 – August 31).
o All fishing with halibut gear on the same trip must be completed before any rockfish are retained.
o Longleader bag limit, gear, and all other rules apply.
o ODFW is developing an informational handout describing this new combined opportunity, which will be posted on our website (paper copies available upon request).
· Descending devices required on all vessels fishing for groundfish or halibut, and must be used when releasing any rockfish when seaward of 30 fathoms

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Fishing Report: 09/24/2021

We had an excellent Salmon bite today. Two boats limited and the third came very close. We have space available Sunday morning. The grade box fish was outstanding and there were some Chinook among the Coho too.

Rockfish boats didn't have as good a bite, it required tenacity to get the job done. This folks that stuck with it did well and went home with good catches. Crabbing remains good.

Wind offshore is keeping us fishing the nearshore waters. Sunday afternoon there is building wind forecast and by Tuesday the swell is forecast to build to 15 feet.

Season Info:

Seasonal info will be posted as it becomes available:

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules for the sport groundfish fishery in 2021 (all begin January 1 unless otherwise noted), changes for 2021 in bold:
· Bottomfish depth restriction: 40 fathoms, June 1 – August 31.
· General marine bag limit: 6 fish
o Copper, quillback, and China rockfish: 1 fish sub-bag
o Cabezon: 1 fish sub-bag; opens July 1
· Lingcod: 2 fish bag
· Flatfish: 25 fish bag
· Longleader fishery: 10-fish bag, specified midwater rockfish only; seaward of 40 fm; specified gear; cannot be combined with groundfish or halibut except as noted below
· Longleader fishing allowed after halibut fishing on all-depth halibut trips during the bottomfish depth restriction (June 1 – August 31).
o All fishing with halibut gear on the same trip must be completed before any rockfish are retained.
o Longleader bag limit, gear, and all other rules apply.
o ODFW is developing an informational handout describing this new combined opportunity, which will be posted on our website (paper copies available upon request).
· Descending devices required on all vessels fishing for groundfish or halibut, and must be used when releasing any rockfish when seaward of 30 fathoms

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Devil's Lake in Lincoln City has good fishing for stocked trout in the spring, and you'll have a fair shot at landing trout, largemouth bass and panfish all year. Located in the heart of one of Oregon's busiest beach towns, the natural lake also is popular for non-angling boating and other recreation.

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Devil’s Lake is a medium-sized natural lake that runs along the northeastern side of Lincoln City.

The 680-acre lake offers good seasonal trout fishing for stocked rainbows and moderate angling opportunities for a variety of bass and panfish species.

The naturally shallow coastal lake is nearly encircled by private homes and non-angling forms of boating ranging from kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to powerboats and Jet Skis are very popular in this busy beach town.

Anglers may want to get an early start to avoid some of the activity.

(Editor’s note: We have you covered if you’re actually looking for information about fishing at Devils Lake in Central Oregon.)

Trout Fishing

For anglers, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks generous numbers of hatchery-reared rainbow trout in several plantings during the early season, typically beginning in March and continuing into spring.

ODFW also has frequently sponsored an annual springtime family fishing event at the lake, typically based at Regatta Park on the lake’s southwest shore reached from Northeast West Devils Lake Road.

The agency often will put some fish into a net pen at the park to greatly improve odds for young anglers, and then release remaining fish into the lake after the event.

Fishing event or not, the park is a good place to begin all of your trout-fishing trips, thanks to a large fishing dock, a boat launch and typical park amenities for a nice day trip.

Trout fishing will be best in the days and weeks following trout stocking, but the lake stays cool enough for some of the fish to hold over longer and grow to larger sizes.

A few fish can be caught year-round, with trolling a frequent go-to tactic that covers more area, but you’ll definitely have to work at it outside of the stocking season.

Bait-fishing is the most popular way to catch freshly stocked trout, but they also will hit artificial lures and flies. (More detail: Trout Fishing: Basic How-To Techniques and Tips.)

ODFW only stocks trout that have a clipped adipose fin, the fleshy fin located on the top rear portion of the fish in front of the tail. These clipped areas are healed on stocked fish.

Trout including as native cutthroat trout as well as other salmonids that don’t have these healed fin clips must be released unharmed.

Young wild coho salmon rear in the lake before making the extraordinarily short journey of a few hundred feet to the ocean via D River, sometimes touted as the shortest river in the world as it basically flows from the south end of the lake visible on the east side of Highway 101 to the Pacific Ocean on the west side.

Some anglers may confuse the silvery young coho, which reach pan-sized before migrating to saltwater, with either trout or with kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon).

Kokanee are an excellent gamefish found across Oregon, but they aren’t in Devil’s Lake.

Bass and Panfish

With all those private docks, not to mention lily pads, other aquatic plants and additional structures such as pilings and tree branches, Devil’s Lake really looks like a prime bass lake.

Unfortunately in this regard it looks better than it is. (Look here forWestern Oregon’s Best Largemouth Bass Fishing.)

However, if you like bass fishing and will be in this area, it’s still worthwhile. Anglers do report fair catches of decent-sized largemouth bass here on occasion and there are lots of fun structures to fish.

Before you go, brush up on your bass fishing techniques and tips.

Besides largemouth bass, Devil’s Lake has the usual assortment of warmwater fish species, including fair numbers of yellow perch and bullhead catfish, which tend to run small but can be good eating.

Bluegill and crappie may show in your catch as well.

Grass Carp

Devil’s Lake also is home to an unusual fish species for Oregon, the grass carp.

This sterilized native of Asia was planted years ago because the lake had a notoriously heavy weed problem in the warm season and locals and tourists wanted a cleaner lake.

The grass carp have largely taken care of that issue, although some might argue the lake isn’t as rich for warmwater fishing as in the old days.

The grass carp are protected here and must always be released unharmed. You wouldn’t want to eat one anyway.

Anglers occasionally snag them, usually on accident, as happened with this website’s editor while tossing a crankbait some years back.

They can top 20 pounds and put up a big fight on light trout or bass gear, especially when snagged across the back or tail.

Algae Blooms

The lake also has occasional issues with blue-green algae blooms, which can be toxic.

Watch for warnings to limit contact with the water during blooms from the Oregon Health Authority. These are most common when the lake is at its warmest in the summer and fall.

Access and Camping

Besides Regatta Park, another good access point is East Devil’s Lake State Park, immediately across the lake and accessible off Northeast East Devils Lake Road. This is a day-use area and has a good boat launch and a bit of bank access.

There is also a campground at Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area on the southern edge of the lake, just off Highway 101 behind the city’s cultural center, and tons of motels and other overnight accommodations in town.

West and East Devils Lake roads offer the best public access to the lake for day use.

Both of these roads connect to Highway 101 on the north side of the lake as you’re coming into Lincoln City from the Portland area or the north coast.

On the south side, you’ll find Regatta Park and West Devils Lake Road by driving east for about three minutes on Northeast 14th Street.

You can reach East Devils Lake Road directly from Highway 101 at the outlet malls.

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Town, Cape Meares, Coffenbury, Lost, and Sunset lakes were stocked with trophy trout in mid-September. Fishing should be good, and these are bigger trout that put up a fun fight. In addition, there are still hold over trout from the spring stockings available in many North Coast lakes and those fish should be active now as well. Last updated 9/29/21.

Fishing for warmwater species is species is probably just about done, as water temparatures cool off and we get into fall. Cape Meares Lake, Coffenbury Lake, Cullaby Lake, Lake Lytle, Spring Lake, Town Lake, and Vernonia Pond all have warmwater species.  Last updated 9/29/21.

Mid-coast lakes are slowing down for trout as there have not been any stockings since June but there are still some trout around in the lakes that were stocked and often times the fishing picks up as the water temperatures cool down in the fall.  Here is a list of the lakes that were stocked this spring and have potential for trout fishing this fall: Thissel Pond, Cleawox, Munsel, Mercer, Sutton, Alder, Dune, Buck, Lost, Carter, Devils, Woahink, Elbow, Siltcoos, Eckman, and Big Creek Reservoirs #1 and #2. Some of the larger lakes like Mercer, Munsel, Siltcoos and Sutton fish better for trout in the summer/early fall months and have good warmwater species as well.

Warmwater fisheries in the mid-coast are winding down for the season with the cooler weather and dropping water temperatures. Some of these lakes receive trout stockings and have opportunities to catch trout through the fall and winter months. These lakes include: Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, Mercer, and Munsel.

Siltcoos and Tahkenitch opened for coho fishing on Oct. 1 and provide a great opportunity to catch a wild coho in a beautiful coastal lake setting. Daily bag limits are 1 wild coho per day and 1 wild jack coho per day, 5 per year in the Siltcoos/Tahkenitch/Tenmile aggregate.


Fall Chinook fishing is in full swing on the north Coast and fishing has been fair to good with decent numbers of fish being caught daily in most of the bays and tidewaters. A few fish are starting to move into the lower rivers as well. Hatchery coho are being caught in Tillamook and Nehalem Bays as well, and Trask and North Fork Nehalem hatchery got good numbers back to their traps on the last rain. Anglers are also allowed one wild coho salmon for the season, from Nestucca and Tillamook Bays (in aggregate) on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 13, these fisheries picked up over the past week. Fishing for salmon in general, has been fair to good. Last updated 10/6/21.

There are sea-run cutthroat trout available in decent numbers with the majority of fish having moved into the rivers. Conditions are good and these fish should be active. Last updated 10/6/21.

Mid-coast bays are producing some nice fall Chinook. Overall, fishing remains fair to slow in most basins but there are fish being caught every day and things should pick up with the cooler/wetter weather forecasted for this week. The numbers of fish in the bays and estuaries will continue to increase through the month of September/October as more fish will be staging waiting for some rain.

The Siletz River summer steelhead fishing continues to be slow. Low warm water combined with low returns are making things tough, especially for the summer steelhead fishing. Fishing pressure continues to be very light and there will be opportunities to catch a summer steelhead through the summer and into the fall months.

Cutthroat trout fishing in streams improves this time of year with cooling water temperatures and an increase in the number of sea-run cutthroat. The mid-coast offers endless places to fish for cutthroat and all of the rivers and creeks have good populations. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions when targeting cutthroat trout. Trout fishing in streams remains open until Oct.31.


Stocked last week: Cape Meares Lake, Sunset Lake, Town Lake, Coffenbury Lake and Lost Lake.

Check out the complete 2021 trout stocking schedule.

TROUT STOCKING MAPS: Find your place to fish

Check out the ODFW fishing and trout stocking maps to find nearby fishing locations, driving directions and descriptions of amenities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: closures, special events, etc.

Wild coho fisheries open Sept. 15 in Tillamook and Nestucca bays. Open two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday) until Oct. 13. One adult wild coho may be retained for the season in total.


ALSEA RIVER: Fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been slow on the Alsea as of late. The cooler weather and forecasted rain events should keep fish on the move while they stage and wait for a more significant rain event. Fish are now spread out from the mouth to the upper portions of the tidewater. The numbers of fish in the estuary will continue to increase through October until we get a significant rain event to move fish up into the river.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Alsea for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.

BIG CREEK (Clatsop County): Chinook, coho

Big Creek opened to fishing on Oct. 1(two weeks earlier than normal). A good return of hatchery coho salmon and a surplus of hatchery Chinook salmon are the reasons for the early opener. Last updated 10/6/21.

KILCHIS RIVER: Chinook,cutthroat trout

A few salmon may be available in the tidewater sections of the stream following the last couple freshets. The Kilchis is known for a later fall Chinook run, so there are probably still very low numbers above tidewater. Last updated 9/28/21.

Cutthroat trout are available throughout the Kilchis River. Conditions should have improved with the recent rain but the water is still very low and clear. Last updated 9/22/21.

MIAMI RIVER: Chinook,cutthroat trout

A few salmon may be available in the tidewater sections of the stream, this will be especially true after the recent freshets. There probably still aren’t many fish above tidewater. Last updated 9/29/21.

Cutthroat trout fishing in the Miami should be fair to good, especially after rains improve fishing conditions. Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/22/21.


Fall Chinook salmon should be available in the Necanicum tidewater this time of year. There probably aren’t very many fish above tidewater yet. Last updated 9/29/21.

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

Chinook fishing on Nehalem Bay slowed a little this week but was still fair. With the recent rains fish have probably started moving upriver, but there should still be fresh fish coming in as well. The wild Chinook bag limit expanded to 2 per day on Sept. 16 (north coast aggregate bag limit for wild Chinook still applies).

Hatchery coho are being caught in the bay as well, and in the North Fork Nehalem. The hatchery has gotten good numbers back to their trap. There is no retention of wild coho salmon allowed in Nehalem Bay or river this year, and there are a lot of them being encountered; anglers are reminded to know their salmon identification and release wild coho safely.

Most of the early returning Chinook “summer run” have moved upstream of the fishery and are on the spawning grounds now. With the recent rains, however, there should be some salmon moving into the main river. In addition, hatchery coho have started returning to the North Fork. Last updated 10/6/21.

NESTUCCA RIVER, THREE RIVERS, AND LITTLE NESTUCCA RIVER: Chinook, coho, summer steelhead, cutthroat trout

The Nestucca and Little Nestucca will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 – open Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Open dates will be Sept. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29, and October 2, 6, 9, 13. Daily bag limit will be one wild adult coho as part of the 2 adult salmon/steelhead daily bag limit. No more than 1 wild adult coho per season in aggregate with Tillamook Bay. See the regulation update section above for details on open areas and aggregate bag limits for the NW and SW zones.

The wild coho fishery -- open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 13 -- picked up a little the past couple of open days, with a few more fish being caught. Last updated 10/6/21.

Chinook fishing has been mostly in the estuary picked up a little this past week and has been fair. The majority of fish caught were in the upper estuary, but there are still fresh fish coming in. A few fish have made it in to the lower river (below Three Rivers), and a few have been caught there as well. Last updated 10/6/21.

Three Rivers from the mouth to the hatchery weir (Cedar Creek Hatchery) reopens to angling on Oct. 1. There probably aren’t many Fall Chinook in Three Rivers yet, although a few are probably sneaking in. Last updated 10/6/21.

Fishing for cutthroat trout is generally fair to good in the Nestucca this time of year. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 9/29/21.

SALMON RIVER:  fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has been fair on the Salmon River. The forecasted rain and cooler weather this week will stir things up and have fish pushing into the upper estuary headed for the hatchery.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Salmon River for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.

SILTCOOS AND TAHKENITCH LAKES (and other warmwater lakes in Florence area):

Warmwater fisheries in the Florence area continue to be good and will fish well into the fall months before the water temperatures cool and slow fishing down. All of these lakes have great opportunities for largemouth bass, yellow perch and other warmwater species. Siltcoos, Mercer, Sutton and Munsel also receive trout stockings and provide opportunity to fish for both. Last updated 8/25/21.

SILETZ RIVER: summer steelhead, fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

***Update*** The Siletz Basin will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with a limit of 1 wild coho per day and 1 wild Coho for the season. It’s a “one and done” season bag limit. See the regulation update section above for more information about open areas and aggregate limits for the NW and SW zones.

Summer steelhead continues to be slow on the Siletz and the numbers of fish returning this year is low. The recent rains and cooler water temperatures have helped the conditions but the low return is still making the summer steelhead fishing tough. Fishing pressure continues to be very light.

Fall Chinook has been slow on the Siletz as of late. Nice fish are being caught every day throughout the estuary from the mouth to the upper portions of the tidewater. The forecasted rain and cooler weather should stir things up and have fish moving around.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.

SIUSLAW RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing has slowed down on the Siuslaw over the last couple of weeks.. The numbers of fish in the system will continue to increase as we get further into September/October as the fish are staging and waiting for some rain.

***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Siuslaw for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho, sea-run cutthroat trout

Tillamook Bay will have a limited wild coho fishery this year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13 – open Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Open dates will be Sept. 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29, and October 2, 6, 9, 13. Daily bag limit will be one wild adult coho as part of the 2 adult salmon/steelhead daily bag limit. No more than 1 wild adult coho per season in aggregate with the Nestucca Basin. See the regulation update section above for details on open areas and aggregate limits for the NW and SW zones.

Salmon fishing picked up on Tillamook Bay this again this week with fish caught throughout the bay. Overall fishing has been fair to good. Hatchery coho are moving through the bay and into the river. There was good retention of wild coho last Saturday. (Wednesdays and Saturdays only for wild coho, 1 per season in aggregate with Nestucca as stated above.) There are fish throughout the Bay and fresh fish still coming in. Fish appear to be moving with the recent freshets and good bites are still happening sporadically from day to day throughout the bay. Last updated 10/6/21.

TRASK RIVER: Chinook, coho, cutthroat trout

The Trask River from 200 ft above and 900 ft below Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery (this includes the “hatchery hole”) is closed to fishing July 16 to Oct. 15.

The Dam Hole (Mile Post 7 on Trask River Road up to Blue Ridge Creek) will close to all fishing Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

Chinook fishing remains best in the Trask tidewater, although some fish have moved into the lower river and more should be coming in this week. Hatchery coho are in the river and the hatchery has gotten a good number back to the trap. Last updated 10/6/21.

Anglers will find sea-run cutthroat trout throughout the Trask, and in both the North and South Forks. Resting pool surveys observed decent numbers throughout the river basin. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions.

WILSON RIVER: summer steelhead, cutthroat trout, Chinook

The majority of fall Chinook appear to still be in tidewater, butthere should be some fish in the lower river and likely more coming in this week. Last updated 10/6/21.

Summer steelhead fishing on the Wilson has been slow this year, but there are some fish available, particularly in the upper river. Normally September can be a good month to target these fish as water temperatures start to drop, swimming pressure lets up, and fish that have been holding get more active. But with the low numbers it’s probably still going to be tough fishing. For those still wanting to target these fish; covering lots of water will probably be the key to success. Rain will get these fish more active too. Last updated 9/15/21.

Cutthroat trout fishing is open in the Wilson River as well. Good numbers of fish are available throughout the river. Last updated 9/15/21.

YAQUINA RIVER: fall Chinook, cutthroat trout

Fall Chinook fishing continues to be slow on the Yaquina. Fish are now spread throughout the estuary while they stage and wait for more significant rain. The forecasted rain and cooler weather should have fish on the move and pushing into the upper tidewater.

 ***Reminder*** There is no wild coho retention in the Yaquina for the 2021 season. Please practice good catch-and-release for wild coho, keep them in the water and release immediately.

Trout fishing in streams on the Yaquina/Big Elk remains open through Oct. 31. Check the regulations for open areas and bait restrictions. Last updated 10/6/21.


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