North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – Like the valley streams, consistent flows brings consistent fishing and when you’re on the tail end of the winter steelhead fishing, the action is consistently not all that great. Under these scenarios, the early and innovative bird gets the worm. I fished with pro guide Rob Gerlitz (503-812-4950) on the…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Recent reports from the Clackamas are rumored to be good fishing. With the fleet largely focused on Willamette River spring Chinook, the river is relatively empty, yet fair catches of steelhead seem to be present. The ODF&W recreation report backed up these rumors. From ODF&W: “There’s no good reason not…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With stable water conditions, comes stable catch rates. It’s not a sight we often see on the Willamette River, but anglers are pleasantly surprised fishing a clear and somewhat low Willamette River as we enter peak season for spring Chinook. Catches haven’t been explosive (nobody expected that this season), but…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook are starting to spark on the mainstem although those in hot pursuit report it’s far from a productive fishery, yet. The water is still cold and the season is still early, but Sunday’s test fishing results are showing greater numbers of fish entering the system. Fishery officials conducted…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 29th, 2019

SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 29th, 2019

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com As I am writing this on Sunday there have yet to be any verifiable reports of a spring chinook salmon being actually landed on the Umpqua River. If it doesn’t happen soon, the Umpqua’s first shad may precede it. The Umpqua’s first shad should arrive in early April and river…

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports March 29th, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports March 29th, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports – Tim Moran is out this week so from ODF&W Anglers have been catching legal-size bull trout in the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. It’s springtime on the lower Deschutes River and trout fishing should be good from Mack’s Canyon to the locked gate. A push of winter…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With consistent flows on the Willamette River, spring Chinook anglers have been enjoying good water conditions as we approach peak season for the fishery. Traditionally, the spring Chinook fishery peaked in the third week of April, but most recently, catches have been sporadic throughout the months of April, May and even June as…

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – A much needed river rise took place at mid-week, after a warming trend that melted some of the abundant coast range snow, changing the dynamic of steelheading on the north coast. The Wilson and Nestucca systems again booted up, pushing out fair to good numbers of hatchery broodstock keepers as…

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Willamette River Fishing Report March 22nd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report March 22nd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Interest is growing for this fishery and catches weren’t all that bad in certain reaches of river last week. The lower river, particularly the Multnomah Channel, put out some fair catches with 60 fish caught (44 retained, 16 released) for 1,478 angling trips. The middle river yielded 1,200 angling trips for…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 22nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Anglers haven’t been expecting much, and they have been rewarded as such, with low catch rates on a still cold Columbia River mainstem. Effort has been on the increase (credit nice weather for that), but catches have remains low as expected. Strait from the horse’s mouth, Jimmy Watts of Columbia River…

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports March 22nd, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports March 22nd, 2019

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports – Tim Moran is out this week so from ODF&W Anglers have been catching legal-size bull trout in the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook. Waterbodies scheduled to be stocked this week include Bikini P., Taylor L. and Prineville Youth Fishing P. Steelhead are available in the mid and…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 22nd, 2019

SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 22nd, 2019

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com A possible alternative to to area anglers planning to fish Owyhee and Brownlee reservoirs for crappie is Lake Shasta which is closer and produced a 19-inch crappie last week that weighed three and a half pounds. The crappie tournaments that started last month on Clear Lake in Northern California have…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 22, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 22, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although two spring Chinook have now crossed Bonneville Dam, the bulk of the run is still months away. Peak passage at Bonneville used to happen around the 3rd week of April, but in recent years, has pushed back to mid-May or later, giving biologists an added challenge in managing the fishery. The Columbia…

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports March 22nd, 2019

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports March 22nd, 2019

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Water conditions improved this week, with warmer temperatures and increasing snow-melt. Although with snow-melt comes colder water, the increase in flow was most welcome. It has impacted the metabolism of the fish already in the system however. Interest is peaking and success rates should be on the increase as we are…

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SW Oregon Fishing Report for March 15th, 2019

From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com Heavy rains and muddy access delayed the trout plant scheduled for Johnson Mill Pond near Coquille. The trout will be stocked later at a slightly larger size. Trout plants scheduled for this week include: Alder Lake (793 trout including 332 legals and 461 trophies); Buck Lake (702 trout including 566…

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