Get To Know Oregon Whitewater Steelhead Fishing

Author: Grant McOmie
Oregon is blessed with abundant rivers that offer countless whitewater rapids. In fact, many of the state’s rivers provide thrilling settings for exciting outdoor adventures.

On this week’s “Grant’s Getaway,” we enjoy a whitewater rafting trip that offered a unique spin: we also went fishing for the premier Oregon game fish called Winter Steelhead.

We gathered to run the Nestucca River’s whitewater rapids with guide John Krauthoefer, (Firefighter’s Guide Service: 503-812-1414,) who casts baits for king sized steelhead from aboard his fifteen-foot inflatable raft.

The Nestucca River is a fabulous coastal stream located in southern Tillamook County and is famous for its runs of salmon and steelhead.

Krauthoefer is hooked on a new plan that’s supported by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In fact, Chris Knutsen, a fishery biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, took a day off work so he could join us on our adventure too.

So grab your rod and reel, don’t forget the waders as we go fishing for wild winter steelhead – not to keep – but to keep them alive for a fishery future.

Anglers are encouraged to participate in the brood stock program, but they must register at the Tillamook-based North Coast Watershed District Office.

You can also visit the Cedar Creek Hatchery to observe the brood stock steelhead and learn more about the Nestucca River program.

Visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information on Oregon Angling Licenses and visit Travel Oregon to locate an Oregon Fishing Guide.


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