Tillamook Drift Boat Fishing- Here Comes the Rain

A nice tillamook chinook salmon with a happy couple

With our up and down Tillamook Bay Fall Fishing season still going, our first big rain looms. From the forecast its looking like our rain pattern is suppose to get going this week. This is the rain everyone talks about every fall, the rain that moves the fish into the rivers. We’re not talking a light sprinkle! This is the rain that saturates the ground that has been parched from a long hot summer. Once the ground becomes saturated, the rivers hold water better, and the fish no longer need to stage in the bay before entering the rivers.

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Rains Bring Fish To Tillamook Rivers

When the rain comes and raises the rivers, the fish exit the bay and head upstream. With the run the way it is this year, the narrowing of the playing field that the rivers give us will likely be the best fishing we see this fall. Granted, don’t expect the video game fishing of the last 5 years. It’s not going to happen. But we will see some decent fishing.

A nice Chinook Salmon from a Tillamook area river

In order to stay on the fish, we switch almost overnight from our power boats in the bays to our drift boats in the rivers. We float a few different systems in Tillamook County. The South/North Fork Nehalem, Wilson, Trask, Kilches, and Nestucca are all on the agenda for drift boat trips in Tillamook County. We have chinook salmon, coho salmon, and chum salmon that will head into these rivers with the rain. Rivers differ and some runs are later or earlier than others, while other rivers only get certain species.

Drift boat trips are a great change of pace and offer big fish in small water scenarios. If this sounds like your cup of tea and would like more information on booking a trip, lodging, or even places to eat in Tillamook County, please contact us on our questions and reservations page. See you on the water soon!