Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette River fish counts are lagging, but the standard 1,000 fish/day passage at the falls is consistent with this water temperature and run timing. It’s likely we’re nearing, or have surpassed the 22,000 needed escapement at the falls. The Willamette run may come in after all.
Spinner trollers working the water above the West Linn Bridge were finding fair to good success on the Thursday opener. Pro-trolls with small spinners were taking fish. Water downstream of the I-205 Bridge is largely comprised of shad anglers. Trollers working the harbor and the Multnomah Channel are having a harder time finding consistent catches.
Clackamas River anglers continue to struggle to find consistent success. Summer steelhead remain a consistent option, but spring Chinook numbers should be increasing daily. June is peak month for spring Chinook on this system and more consistent action is likely. With dropping flows, Chinook will be found in more traditional deep holding water with the egg bite still viable for those that know where they lie.
The Sandy is running at peak river flows for those who fish from the bank or use a drift boat. The river is running at 9.77 feet. The river will continue to stay at this level until we get warmer weather or lots of rain. The report is that the upper river is producing some nice summer steelhead and springers. The main technique of choice has been spinners, according to pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503) 704-7920.
Northwest – Spring Chinook action in Tillamook has been challenging with the recent extreme tide series. The upper bay should have produced fair to good catches, but that simply wasn’t the case last weekend. The smaller tide exchange should prove productive for lower bay trollers. The ocean doesn’t look to be a great option for the foreseeable future.
Trask River anglers aren’t spankin’ them either, but there are certainly fishable numbers around. Without a bunch of fresh ones around, fish aren’t all the motivated as they look at the same baits every day. Hardware may be a good option in the early morning.
Three Rivers, the Wilson and Nestucca systems all have fish present, from tidewater to the lower reaches. With dropping flows, fish will be holding in the traditional deeper water spots and will be most willing at first light.
The halibut opener was a bit disappointing today, with rough seas greeting most of the Newport fleet. Garibaldi wasn’t much different. Both ports produced sporadic success. The nearshore halibut opener for the central coast opens on June 3rd.
Bottomfishing for lingcod and sea bass remains excellent!
A busy week of trout stocking here however. Go here to find the district’s schedule.
Southwest – A SW region report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
Eastern – An Eastern Oregon report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:
Cowlitz River – 214 bank rods kept 32 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 1 adult spring Chinook and 4 cutthroats. 66 boat rods kept 15 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 2 cutthroats.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 854 spring Chinook adults, 54 spring Chinook jacks, 10 winter-run steelhead adults, 17 summer-run steelhead adults and one cutthroat trout in five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 182 spring Chinook adults and 14 spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 411 spring Chinook adults, 28 spring Chinook jacks and one winter-run steelhead adult into Lake Scanewa located near Randle.
In addition, Tacoma Power employees released 82 spring Chinook adults and four spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood and five winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 12,300 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, May 30. Water visibility is eight feet and water temperature is 47.1 degrees F.
Lewis River including North Fork – Light effort during the hatchery steelhead only fishery. Lewis River (including North Fork) from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Effective June 1, open for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Salmon daily limit 6 hatchery chinook of which only 1 may be an adult. Minimum size 12 inches. Release wild Chinook. LATE REPORT: The Lewis produced excellent catches on the June 1st opener, as expected.
Wind River – 269 boat rods kept 106 adult and 12 jack spring Chinook and released 2 adult and 3 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead. 10 bank rods kept 3 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook.
Drano Lake – 426 boat rods kept 141 adult and 24 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 5 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook. 10 bank anglers had no catch.
Klickitat River – 27 bank anglers kept 20 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 3 steelhead and released 1 adult spring Chinook. Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to the boundary markers below the salmon hatchery – Effective June 1, the salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than two may be adults. In addition, up to 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Wild chinook must be released. Open 7 days per week.