Alsea River: A small number of Chinook salmon are starting to enter the river. Trolling spinners of herring in the lower portion of the bay will produce the best results early in the season.
Sea run cutthroat trout can be found in tidewater and in the lower to mid section of the mainstem. Resident cutthroat trout are spread out through the basin. The Alsea has many opportunities for bank fishing along Hwy 34 as well as some good riverside camping options.
Use of bait is not allowed above the head of tide until Sept. 1. However, using small lures such as spinners, spoons, jigs or crank baits can be very effective. Fly-fishing dry flies, nymphs, or streamers can also produce well. Crayfish are also abundant in the Alsea and can provide added adventure during the summer months.