Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette flows increased dramatically this week – from about 48,000 cfs to over 68,000 cfs from December 20 to December 21st which is the latest data available. Sturgeon fishing has been good on the lower Willamette and they like this kind of water. Be extremely cautious in any watercraft for the next several days.
McKenzie River water flow and conditions are conducive to winter fly fishing although results are reported as slow.
The Santiam system is high but dropping and should be fishable in the coming week. Winter steelhead are available here.
While the Clackamas got walloped in the ice/snow/rain recently, it is recovering quite nicely and should be in good shape for the holiday weekend.
Our Man on the Sandy, Pro fishing guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN Guide Service (503-704-7920) informs us that Oxbow Park is closed due to downed trees but should be open by the January 1, 2017. Water levels have been up and down but there are winters in the river.
Northwest – Another storm battered NW district streams, putting steelheading out of reach at mid-week. By Thursday however, smaller streams were still high, but fishable. Updated reports were hard to come by but anglers versed in high-water tactics likely scored fair-at-best results. The North Fork Nehalem, Three Rivers and the Highway 30 streams will likely fish good by Friday and through the weekend.
Larger streams will remain out until Saturday at the earliest, the Wilson had been putting out a few hatchery, and some wild steelhead prior to the high water.
The Trask also booted out a few hatchery strays and a rare wild fish, Chinook have been rare on most Tillamook area streams but there are a few still around, most are ready to spawn.
The Nestucca might be a fair at best option by the weekend, but target your effort downstream of Three Rivers.
This will be the last full week to retain Chinook on the north coast. The season closes on January 1st.
Ocean and bay crabbing is wide open along the Oregon Coast now. Tides are right for good crabbing this weekend but weather, both offshore and in, doesn’t look to be all that friendly until Saturday, when winds calm down. The ocean swell may remain too high to safely crab the ocean however. It’s rumored that the commercial season may open by January 1st.
Southwest – Saturday and Sunday, December 31st and January 1, 2017 is a Free Fishing Weekend. No licenses or tags are required.
Oregon Beaches are still producing pinkfin surf perch on rare winter days when both the wind and wave action calm down.
Reports from the Siuslaw are of winter steelhead being hooked occasionally but that the peak of the run is yet to come.
Author, publisher and prolific blogger, Pete Heley (peteheley.com) updates us this week on the bottomfishing regulations, stressing that every boat angling for rockfish or ling cod must have a descending device.
Following heavy rainfall that pushed the lower Rogue to flows of 100,000 cfs, the river has been falling. It’s still quite high but should produce steelhead in the next few days.
Winter steelhead had been productive prior to the latest freshet and the river is expected to fish well again when it’s in shape.
There has been ice forming on the surface of Diamond Lake but rain has also fallen here. No ice fishing for a while.
Eastern – Reports from central and Eastern Oregon seem to dry up at this time of year. Please Email TGF if you have any information on any of these fisheries. We thank you and wish you the happiest of holidays!
SW Washington – District streams remain largely void of early run steelhead. The Kalama may be the best early season bet with just a few fish showing.
The Lewis may still be producing a few winter Chinook, but it’s clear the run is depressed this year.
The Washougal is another early season option and has been producing fairly.
There are fair trout opportunities in the district this time of year.