Trask River Oregon
Fly Fishing The Trask River Oregon
The Trask River originates in the Coast Mountain
Range. It passes through the Tillamook State Forest
and flows for about thirty miles before entering Tillamook
Bay near the town of Tillamook, Oregon.

The Trask River has both a wild steelhead and a
hatchery raised steelhead run. Chinook and Coho
Salmon are also present in the river at certain times of
the year. Native and sea-run cutthroat trout are also
fish species that are very popular for fly anglers.

Hatchery steelhead return in late November. The fishing
remains good for them through January. The wild
steelhead fishing is good through March.

There are several options for fly fishing the Trask River.
It can be accessed at the Trask Hatchery. It can also be
accessed at Lorens Drift off Chance Road as well as
along the Trask River Road. Both the North and South
Fork Trask are accessible from forest roads that follow
each stream. You can fish the Trask River from a drift
boat or from the bank. It is better fished from a drift boat
for most species.

Fly Fishing Guide to the Trask River
The methods and techniques used for fly fishing the
Trash River strictly depends on the species of fish being
pursued. With Fall and Spring runs of chinook salmon,
winter steelhead and sea run cutthroat trout, the Trask
River in Oregon provides a variety of angling

The run of Spring Chinook first start moving into the
Trask River around April and continue through the
month of June. The normally peak from the middle of
May to the middle of June. The Fall runs of Chinook
start entering the river in October. This last through
November. It peaks in the middle of October. The Coho
salmon start appearing around the first of the month of
September. They hang around until the middle of
November. It peaks in the middle of October.

The Trask River wild winter steelhead run starts in
January and ends in March. Its sea-run cutthroat trout
come into the tidewater area in July. They move up
through the river through the month of October.
Remember, they are in the river to spawn and during the
spawning time, they don't feed as such. They do
become aggressive and will attack flies.

The Trask River is managed as a wild winter steelhead
fishery. Anglers do catch hatchery fish that are headed
to the Wilson River. These fish accidentally enter the
river from Tillamook Bay. The Trask River rules allow
angling for Coho salmon. Only the hatchery coho that
are so designated by a clipped adipose fin are legal to

The Trask River fish average about as good of a size as
most of the other Oregon Coastal rivers. The Spring run
of Chinook salmon average about fifteen pounds. The
Fall run of Chinook salmon can exceed twenty pounds.
Coho salmon normally average between five and fifteen
pounds. The Trask River steelhead range between five
and fifteen pounds. Most of the sea-run cutthroats are
about twelve to sixteen inches. Resident cutthroats
average about the same size.

There's a public boat take-out on the Trask just above
the Highway 101 Trask River Bridge. There are
launches upstream at Hanenkrats and Loren's Drift.
They also allow bank access for fishing. You can also
put in at the Highway 101 site and drift downstream.
Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Type of Stream

Steelhead (Wild and Hatchery)
Chinook Salmon
Native Cutthroat Trout
Sea-run Cutthroat Trout
Coho Salmon

Medium, 30 miles long

Middle Coastal Oregon

Nearest Towns

Year-round, species dependent


Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

National Weather Service

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Trask River, Oregon
The season is year-round but species
Steelhead fishing peaks during the Winter
Chinook Salmon move into the river starting
in April and last into June.
The sea-run cutthroat trout move into the
river starting in July and last into October.
The Fall run of Chinook Salmon starts in
October and last into November. Coho
Salmon also appear in November.
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Dennis McCarthy
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