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It’s Time for Tillamook Steelhead!

A happy fisherman holding a Tillamook Steelhead on the Wilson River

Bright chrome fish, straight from the ocean…what could be better this time of year? Not much, and it looks like the winter steelhead run is off to a good start in Tillamook. The fish we have seen so far are bigger and brighter than last year’s fish. River levels have been low this week, but the fish have been biting. Levels but will bump up slightly tomorrow from the rain, with the next week offering some nice conditions. It’s a great time to get out on the water. Bundle up and bring some gloves. It’s time to chase some chrome!

River levels will change regularly this time of year, with rising rivers bringing in fresh fish. Rain is actually a good thing as the fluctuations are what we want. We all know that what goes up must come down, and some of the best steelhead fishing takes place on the drop. Dropping river levels will also bring the Nestucca into primetime, and eventually the Nehalem. Tillamook County is an angler’s paradise in February and March and we’re here for it!

One angler reeling in a Wilson River steelhead while the guide holds the net at the ready.

This year we’re running 2-person fishing trips from our new raft. It has a frame and seats so you’re comfortable throughout the trip. The raft allows us to reach stretches of the rivers that can’t be accessed by sled or drift boat. That’s always a bonus! We’ll be fishing through March, taking advantage of all that the season has to offer. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help create a memorable experience for you.

Questions? Ready to book a trip? Just let us know. We’re here and more than happy to help.