On February 18, 2009 a stream survey team found a gillnet hidden in the bushes where Beamer Creek Road intersects the diminutive and inaptly named Yachats River.
Located south of Newport, the Yachats hosts runs of fall chinook and coho as well as winter steelhead. Special angling regulations are in place to protect these runs. Anglers are permitted to keep one chinook per day up to five for the season. The stream is closed to retention of coho or steelhead. Non-commercial use of nets is never legal in Oregon rivers except to land a legally hooked fish. Nothing wipes out a run faster than an indiscriminate curtain of death.
Tips should be called in to Senior Trooper Doug Canfield at (541) 265-5354, Ext. 304.
Be safe out there but do your best to report poachers, there is a number on the back of your license. TURN IN POACHERS BY CALLING: 1-800-452-7888.–KM