Bank Fishing at Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge

Bank Fishing at Nestucca Bay

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is excited to offer year-round access to recreational bank fishing from refuge lands on portions of the Little Nestucca River and in the Nestucca Bay, and clamming at Brooten Marsh. This is the first publicly accessible bankside fishing on the lower section of the Little Nestucca River.  Anglers will primarily try for spring and fall Chinook salmon, and sea-run cutthroat trout.

“Bank fishing is a new public use for the Nestucca Bay Refuge and we are pleased to offer it starting this fall. Allowing wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on these lands helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the long-term management plan for Nestucca Bay Refuge,” stated Kelly Moroney, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Service worked with a number of valuable local partners to make this project happen, including the Tillamook Anglers, Nestucca Anglers, Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee, and Nestucca, Neskowin, and Sand Lake Watersheds Council.

Check out this interactive story on the work behind the development of this new public use at Nestucca Bay.


Recreational fishing is a popular sport on the navigable waters of both the Little Nestucca River and the Nestucca River from boats, and also on the rivers’ banks from private lands. Allowing access to bank fishing along the north bank of the Little Nestucca Restoration Area will increase opportunities for fishing in this area and provide a fishing opportunity for people who do not own or have access to a boat.

*For regulations check out the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

*Download the Nestucca Bay NWR fishing regulation brochure.

Or call the Refuge Manager at (541) 867-4550.