Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Chinook fishery over on the mainstem Columbia, the recent catch and keep sturgeon fishing opportunity swiped all the recent attention. Following poor catch rates last Saturday, fishery managers opted to give anglers another day of opportunity. That day will be this Saturday, October 28th. Only 200 fish were caught last Saturday. Preliminary reports from today’s fishery indicate another abnormally slow day.
The Willamette is off-limits to catch and keep, but catch and release opportunities remain incredible.
Metro rivers are dropping fast with the good weather. The vast majority of hatchery coho however have entered their hatchery facilities, and won’t be very available to anglers. A few late season fish, and a stronger influx of wild coho should still provide some sport. Winter steelhead are still months away.
Trout remain a good option for some district lakes. Check the trout stocking schedule here.
Northwest – Tillamook Bay remains a fair option for late season Chinook. Like the metro rivers, rivers have been swollen, and are just now coming into shape. Chinook catches on Thursday, the first day of the North Coast Rendezvous, were fair for those trolling Pro Trolls and spinners, and herring.
Most other North Coast systems are now well seeded with Chinook. Your favorite system may have restrictions, requiring review. The Nestucca and Nehalem Rivers are two examples. Be sure you know before you go. Paid members will get the popular river-by-river Forecast on which rivers offer you the best opportunities.
The Nehalem Bay Chinook fishery is over, even coho up the North Fork Nehalem have been elusive, and maybe even a poor showing, given the current good water conditions. Few fish are being caught.
With the strong influx of freshwater, bay crabbing has gone downhill. Netarts Bay remains the only option, at least until the bulk of the freshwater exits the system.
Like most systems, the Siletz is just starting to fish, anglers are hopeful there’s still a few around.
Southwest – From our friend Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
Although ocean crabbing is closed, crabbing is still quite good in the lower tidewater areas of virtually every decent-sized river along the entire Oregon coast. As the amount of freshwater increases in these rivers, the crabs will move closer to the ocean.
Ocean salmon fishing will close one hour after sunset on Tuesday, October 31st. Salmon fishing in the rivers is still open, but the catch is increasingly coho and the majority of them are wild, unclipped, unkeepable fish.
There still seems to be a lot of confusion over what constitutes a jack salmon. Simply put, a jack salmon is a sub adult salmon that needs to be at least 15 inches in length, but less than 20-inches in length if a coho and less than 24-inches if a chinook.
Trout fishing is still fairly good in the Coos County lakes that were recently planted as well as some of the larger local lakes. The upper end of the south arm on Eel Lake has fair numbers of decent-sized rainbows with a few smaller cutthroat trout. Bradley Lake will get the Oregon coast’s last trout plant this year – this week.
The crappie have started moving into Streeters Canal on the east side of Silver Lake in southwest Washington.
The sad news for jetty anglers is that bottomfishing is still closed inside of 40 fathoms and will remain so until 2018 when a new quota takes effect.
Eastern – Sorry, the Eastern Oregon fishing report came in too late to incorporate into our free version, paid members should check in tomorrow afternoon for an updated report.
SW Washington – Salmon/Steelhead
Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.
Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream: 19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3. 16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho. Above the I-5 Br: 98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,564 coho adults, 636 coho jacks, 292 fall Chinook adults, nine fall Chinook jacks, 53 cutthroat trout, 12 summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 23. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 51.8 degrees F.
North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 1 jack and 2 adult coho. 4 boat rods kept 2 adult Chinook. Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through October 31. It will re-open for salmon and hatchery steelhead Dec. 16.
Lower Wind River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.
Drano Lake- 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho. 6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook. Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.
White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.
Klickitat River – 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead. Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2017 creel census program. The program will resume in February 2018.
Bonneville Pool – 3 boat anglers had no catch.
Sturgeon Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam – Sturgeon fishing was about as lousy as the weather last Saturday. We sampled 688 anglers (including 129 boats) with 11 legals kept. There were 155 vehicles from the sturgeon deadline just below Bonneville Dam downstream to Hamilton Is. There was a mass exodus there by late morning.