Gnat Creek

Located in Clatsop County, OR


Gnat Creek Fishing:

Gnat Creek is another Oregon fishery that is supported by a hatchery. Fin Clipped coho are available runs of chinook and steelhead as well. Spring chinook enter the river as early as April and run till September when the river is closed to ensure the hatchery gets their eggs take. Once the river opens up again Coho start running peaking October and tapering in November. Once the coho action starts to drop off Winter Steelhead begins with steelhead runs that peak in Decebmer and January, then tapper through February and March.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon



 When to Fish

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The lower is open year round for Coho and steelhead and chinook opens in the summer but closes in September then reopens in October.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for exact times.



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 adult salmon and or 2 steelhead per day. Also up to five jack salmon per day allowed.

**See Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife REGS for details.



Required Tackle:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon or steelhead on most Oregon rivers.


Roe, and Shrimp.



Natrual scent generally work best like Salmon egg, bait fish or sand shrimp


Effective Techniques:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended in the hot spots!


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