Nemah River

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Species:
Winter Steelhead, Sea-Run Cutthroat, Chinook, Coho, and Chum Salmon, White and Green Sturgeon
Location:
Flows into the east side of Willipa Bay
Directions:
Drive south from South Bend on U.S.101 for 18 miles and turn east on North Nemah Road or any of the next three gravel roads to the east, all of which reach the upper portions of the Nemah River. You can also fish some parts of the river by parking near the highway bridges and walking upstream or downstream
Facilities:
Bay Center has some amenities, with other needs in South Bend and Raymond
Fishing the Nemah:
The busiest and most exciting time of the year for Nemah anglers is in October, when large runs of scrappy chum salmon invade Willipa Bay. This fishery is hot, but short lived, providing several hundred fish in a few short weeks. The 2012 hatchery chum salmon smolt goal was 300,000 that was reached and then some with 487,700, the chinook smolt fry was at 1,917,150, with a survival rate of only 0.21% with an estimate of close to 4,000 chinook returning to the river a season. The three forks of the Nemah also give up a few chinook and coho salmon, most of them also caught in October.
Stocked with 10,000 hatchery steelhead smolts each year, various forks of the Nemah provide fair winter steelheading from December to February. More like a creek than a river throughout, it’s a pretty system that’s fun to fish when the action is hot, which is most of the time. Cutthroat fishing is usually good from August to Thanksgiving time, like most coastal watersheds.
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All wild cutthroat trout and wild steelhead trout must be released, except that up to two-hatchery steelhead trout may be retained. Selective gear rules are in effect in some areas. Check the current regulations pamphlet for seasons, gear restrictions, and area boundaries.