Willamette Valley/Metro – With passage at Bonneville fading, success rates for Chinook downstream of Bonneville is as well. Pro trollers are still posting the best numbers, using spinners or Brad’s Super Baits behind them. There isn’t much time before this fishery fades into memory, by mid-October, it’s largely over with the exception of a few fish at Bonneville itself.
Effort for coho is growing, both on the lower Clackamas and on the Sandy River as well. Catches haven’t been great, but enough to keep anglers interested. We’re entering peak season for these rivers, but with no river rises in the forecast, fishing will remain challenging for these timid fish.
Sturgeon fishing is a great alternative with the Portland Harbor and the reach from the I-5 Bridge to Warrior Rock as well as Bonneville itself providing plenty of sport.
Northwest – Buoy 10 remains depressing for coho trollers. We’re waiting on the B-run coho, due to come in, in better numbers by mid-month. They’re certainly not there now, but crabbing remains excellent when tides cooperate.
Tillamook Bay remains slow for Chinook, but the Pro Troll/spinner combo thing has caught on, and anglers are taking fair numbers of Chinook in the Ghost Hole, and at Bay City. The ocean has been oddly slow, but the noticeably clear water may have them spooked. Wild coho catches remain robust, but those fish must be released. Ocean crabbing remains epic, but rough seas this weekend will curb effort and access.
Nehalem Bay is also flush with wild coho, and only a few anglers are consistently catching Chinook. Hatchery coho at the North Fork Nehalem hatchery remain sparse. Wheeler and Nehalem reaches are picking up for Chinook, but this fishery should fade after mid-month.
The Nestucca has slowed and the Salmon River fishery is largely over.
The Siletz remains a fair option, but has slowed from previous weeks, and the Alsea is a bit of a disappointment right now. This fishery should be firing up quite well by now.
Estuary crabbing remains good to excellent in most northern bays, but the current strong tide series is quelling catches. People are also losing their crab pots to swift outgoing tides, especially when the pots are under-weighted. Check the side of the store at Garibaldi Marina if you’ve lost one, I just put one there today. PEOPLE: Don’t under gear your crab pots, use heavier gear, you’ll lose less of it.
As predicted by ODF&W, razor clamming is challenging, but the clams are of good quality.
Southwest – From our friend Pete Heley
Coho salmon season opened last Monday on Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile Lakes. There are not any returning salmon in those lakes yet, but Siltcoos could receive returning salmon at any time since a high tide could get them into the lake’s Siltcoos River outlet and the river’s dam with fish ladder is in tidewater.
It may be interesting the weekend after next when there is a bass tournament on the lake and possibly quite a few salmon anglers. Anglers with 2-rod validations need to remember that those validations are not valid on the three lakes for the rest of the calendar year. They are valid on every other lake, just not the three coho salmon lakes.
Salmon anglers fishing from the bank at Winchester Bay are having fair success casting spinners at the usual spots. Boat anglers are having to work for their salmon with the guides being far more successful than the average salmon angler. The Coos, Coquille and Siuslaw rivers are starting to offer better and more consistent fishing.
An even larger pile perch of three and a half pounds was caught in Winchester Bay’s East Boat Basin topping the two “near three pounders” taken last week. Crabbing remains very good along the entire Oregon coast.
Bottomfish reopened on October 1st in waters deeper than 40 fathoms – with some strict conditions and I strongly suggest anglers read the relevant information on the ODFW’s homepage, or call the helpful folks at the Charleston ODFW office. Their phone number is 541-888-5515.
Eastern – From our friend Tim Moran:
Deschutes River – Fall fishing continues to ramp up for rainbows and the dry fly fishing is very good. Fish caddis, BWO’s and PMD’s and prepare to switch as the hatches go off. The weather this week is prime so get out on the “D’ and gitter done!
John Day River – Flows bumped up to 350 CFPS this past week with the rain but the river should fall into great shape by the weekend. October is a great time to get a big bass on the river. Fish streamers or plastic twisters in the morning and switch to top water in the afternoon. Fly or spin fishing should be great for another couple weeks.
Metolius River – Fall Drakes, BWO’s, PMD’s and Mahogany Dunns are still the go to dries and the dry fly fishing should be from mid morning through the day.
Snake River – Spent last week hunting and fishing on the Snake. Steelhead are all catch and release and the guides were reporting fair success even with the small run. Boats were getting between 2 and 6 fish per trip. Most guys were side drifting eggs and yarn balls. The bass fishing was good with fish to 3 pounds for us. We caught them on chartreuse curly grubs and rooostertails. I suspect the fishing is always good here until the snow starts to fly! The catfishing was good too! we caught them on some tuna bellies and worms. They were delicious! Authors note..If you haven’t been into Hells Canyon get there before you die! It’s as stunning as any place I’ve ever been. During our hunt we encountered, elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, an unlucky mountain lion and two nice bucks! If you love to fish, hunt hike or just see the scenery from a jet boat the place is truly magnificent!
Tight lines and good luck in all your outdoor endeavors this week!
SW Washington – Most SW Washington tributaries remain challenging for anglers, for both Chinook and coho salmon. The Cowlitz is hatchery fish only, of which there are few.
Other district rivers are low and clear, and holding timid fish.
The Drano Lake fishery is fair, but the mouth of the Klickitat is improving and coho should make a stronger showing by the month’s end.
Coho in the North Fork and Cowlitz won’t show in measureable numbers for at least another week.