Re: Nehalem river fishing
Nehalem River kings are wild, but you can keep them. The rule is 5/year, 1/day, and fin clipped fish are not part of the 5/year, and are not counted as your first fish/day. My point was I've managed those Elsie/Vinemaple area fish, and you wouldn't eat more than a bite. They enter the mouth in July/August, and move up during whatever rains happen, with the intent of spawning in October.
Free plug for the Vernonia Salmon Festival. First weekend in October, Saturday October 4th. Hawkins Park, which is right off Highway 47/Bridge Street at the Rock Creek bridge. You can see those very salmon, black as pitch, racing under the bridge as they push into the home stretch. They spawn the lower 11 miles of Rock Creek, as well as most of the Upper Nehalem River and its larger tributaries.
A better fish for eating can be found much lower in the river, before they've gone on their diet.