Willamette Valley/Metro – With coho and chinook numbers at Bonneville further declining, the salmon fishery on the lower river is effectively over. Sturgeon anglers will likely begin to focus on the Willamette, where water temperatures are more conducive to sturgeon that are often lethargic this time of year.
The Willamette will be on a slow, steady rise in the coming week and is expected to get muddy, sturgeon fishing is really the only option. McKenzie River fly fishers may expect fair results with nymphs in the absence of hatches. While there are coho and summer steelhead in the North Santiam River, fishing has been slow to fair. Expect the South Santiam to get muddy. Willamette Valley streams and rivers will be on the rise this weekend.
Northwest – Few anglers are still working the Tillamook system but chinook remain available in the bay and tidewater stretches. The west channel has finally started paying dividends to trollers with the last half of incoming, high slack and the first part of outgoing the most productive. Again, few anglers are participating and action could slow on the predicted upcoming rain freshet.
Rivers remain low and fish are more likely to be residing in the tidewater sections of the Wilson and Trask systems. Bobber and bait is the likely technique but most anglers are anxious for the next rain freshet, which is on tap for this weekend. The best late season chinook prospects are the Kilchis and Wilson Rivers.
Steelheaders are anxiously awaiting the results of the next freshet. Steelhead have already been reported on the North Fork Nehalem but recent results are not impressive. Hatchery steelhead should be available on the North Fork Nehalem, Necanicum, Wilson, Kilchis, Nestucca and Three Rivers as well as the Alsea on the north coast, following the weekend rain freshet. We’re still 3 weeks away from consistent fishing however.
Crabbing should be improving on many north coast estuaries but a strong tide series this weekend, coupled with predicted high winds, may not make estuaries a friendly place to recreate.
Southwest– Offshore bottom fishing is excellent at this time of year but ocean conditions seldom allow boats to safely cross the bar.
Mussel harvesting is closed from Heceta Head near Florence south to the California border. It’s advised to call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474 for the latest info before heading out to take mussels anywhere on the coast.
Coastal precipitation has caused salmon to move out of tidewater and into the river systems all up and down the Oregon coast. Coho fishing in Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes has been fair to good for boats trolling spinners or plugs. This fishery will remain open through the last day of November. Catch and release winter steelhead fishing is fair and improving on the mainstem Umpqua. Fishing for summer steelhead is slow on the North Umpqua. Winter steelheading on the Coos and Coquille won’t start up until December. Trolling in Rogue Bay is wrapped up for the season although Chinook and a few winters are being taken in the lower river. Middle Rogue steelheading is fair while it’s good on the upper river. Anglers will be plunking for a while as the level and flow of the Chetco will rise with the weekend storm front. The late Chinook run on the Elk and Sixes has been producing fish with recent rainfall.
Eastern – East side temperatures are frigid and snow has fallen in most places. Despite these conditions, a few fly fishers are taking fish on the Deschutes. Winter trolling for lake trout has started on Lake Billy Chinook and at Crescent Lake.