Willamette Valley – Chinook passage at Bonneville is starting to taper but catches were fair to good for gorge boats participating in the fishery. The run is over here so catch rates won’t improve again for at least another month. Summer steelhead anglers working the mainstem remain pleased with their catches and although passage numbers are above last year at this time, they remain below the 10-year average.
Lower Willamette water temperatures are in the 70s with little change over the past week. Fish counts at the Falls,
while good for the most part, are backed up to the 8th of the month. Fish shad as the run winds down or catch-and-release sturgeon.
Water level and flows on the McKenzie are expected to settle down and stabilize over the coming weekend and fish well for fly casters.
With a majority of the fish being counted heading for the Santiam system, it’s a decent destination for anglers targeting summer steelhead or spring Chinook.
Clackamas water levels are low and clear, having been uneffaced by recent showers. It has summer steelhead in good number and spring Chinook to a lesser number so fishing is expected to be good for stealthy anglers.
Despite summer weather triggering a glacial event on the Sandy, turning the water gray green, there are good numbers of steelhead of the summer variety and Chinook of the late spring vintage.
Northwest Oregon – Offshore salmon anglers are still scratching their heads, wondering if any number of coho will show in the fishery this year. Catch rates remain low but improving, with little time left to fill the quota. The next 3 weeks is peak season for most northern ports.
Thankfully, albacore action is keeping anglers busy out of most ports with no one port consistently producing more than another. Tuna are still taking trolled tuna clones but are becoming more receptive to live bait.
Ocean crabbing is good but crabbers are still talking about a high percentage of softshells in the catch.
The Nehalem fishery is becoming a better option but it’s far from limit fishing. Stronger tides have anglers focused on the Wheeler fishery but we’re still weeks away from peak season here.
Cool, cloudy weather is keeping summer steelhead anglers on the Wilson, Nestucca and Siletz systems interested. Anglers still have to stealthily approach their favorite holes, flows remain very low.
Central & South Coast Reports – During the past week, offshore winds prevented ocean launches for many boats. By the look of offshore
forecasts, launching will be a pleasure for the next several days.
Winchester Bay anglers are trolling around the town of Reedsport and catching Chinook on occasion.
Ocean fishers a catching good numbers of albacore out of every port from Newport south with some of the best catches
and shortest trips offshore occuring out of Charleston.
Professional angling author, publisher and blogger of all things fishy, Reedsport’s Pete Heley (peteheley.com) reveals this week some of the most likely State Fishing Records are to be broken in the Pacific Northwest.
Rogue Bay trollers are catching a mix of late spring and early fall fish. With better flow and cooler water temperatures, these fish will move upriver. Fishing has been slow to fair in the lower Rogue, better in the middle river as steelhead move upstream. The upper Rogue remains productive.
Bottom fishing has been fair to excellent out of the Port of Brookings. Tuna are being caught but they’re more offshore.
Trout fishing continues to produce plenty of rainbows at Diamond Lake.
Central & Eastern – Trout fishing has been fair but steady on the lower Deschutes River for those who know what to use and where to fish. Summer steelhead have started to enter the river.
The fishery that almost didn’t happen, that for spring Chinook on the Wallowa River, will close on July 24th according to an announcement from the ODFW.
Often certain bodies of water are associated with a certain type of fishing. Paulina, usually associated with kokanee fishing, has been producing good catches of trout this week.
Wind, which can sometimes cause the worst problems for fly casters on a lake, has been no problem at all at Cultus Lake where deep trollers are taking Lake Trout.
While this is not the best time of year for trophy bass on the John Day, it a great time to catch a lot of them.
SW Washington – The Cowlitz River remains the best option for tributary summer steelhead anglers and catches can be good at times. Still, most anglers remain focused on a productive mainstem Columbia steelhead fishery and the tides are ripe for good action this weekend. Summer Chinook are becoming scarce however.
Drano Lake steelhead anglers are doing well, especially from boats. Good fishing should remain through mid-August.
Merwin Reservoir received a fair planting of larger rainbow trout last week, action should be good.