North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast February 28th, 2020

North Coast Fishing Report – It’s been a tough week for most north coast rivers. Prolonged low, clear water has kept resident steelhead wary, and incoming steelhead, well, not so incoming. New fish haven’t been coming in, in any great numbers. The lower reaches of most rivers are offering up the best opportunities, but that’s…

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for February 28th, 2020

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for February 28th, 2020

From avid angler and friend Tim Moran: Tim hopes to have one of his excellent reports to us by tomorrow afternoon so look for that in the afternoon on 2/28/20. From ODF&W The Deschutes, Crooked, Fall and Metolius rivers are open year-round and offer fair to good fishing for native redband trout. Steelhead have moved…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports and Forecast February 28th, 2020

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Although we can’t quite classify the Clackamas as a shining star, it is producing some surprising early season results given its underperformance in previous years. Anglers have taken a more keen interest in its offerings this season, although a good portion of the fish being caught on the Clackamas are…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 28th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 28th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – After a flurry of spring Chinook activity on the Willamette River, the tide has turned and anglers are having to work hard for success. Interest seems to keep growing, as more boats are starting to ply the waters of the Willamette near Oregon City as of late. A consistent creel program won’t…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 28th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Despite great water conditions to pursue early returning spring Chinook, most anglers are coming up empty. Some might be surprised following a handful of successful anglers at mid-month, but that is often the case after some of those “pilot” springers are caught following the first significant rain freshet/blow-out of early…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 28th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s still early for high prospects on the Columbia River and the creel check confirms that. On the weekend check, there were no salmon or steelhead reported from either the bank or boat fleet. That’s not too surprising, but river conditions are improving for plunkers along the beach. The flood…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

North Coast Fishing Report – You can’t have really high expectations after a couple of knock-down, drag-out days following the previous two high-water events. After such a productive start, most of us keep thinking it’ll be that way after each rain freshet. Well, it was fair, but far from great. Last weekend’s bump in river…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 21st, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 21st, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette River spring Chinook anglers have the fever, and effort is concentrated from Sellwood Bridge to Milwaukie, in an attempt to catch one of the finless unicorns most call spring Chinook. There’s been a handful caught and most are saying it’s a nice grade of fish so far this year. Trolled herring…

Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports for February 21, 2020

Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports for February 21, 2020

Southwest Oregon Fishing Reports From ODF&W A series of winter storms has continued to hit the Oregon coast over the last several weeks and has pretty much kept recreational anglers off the ocean. So no new reports or information on how bottomfish fishing has been. If ocean conditions cooperate, lingcod fishing in January can be…

Soapbox Update: Steelhead for Breakfast, Snake River Dams for Lunch February 21st, 2020

Whenever I lose faith in government, I default to episodes of the early 2000’s TV hit, The West Wing. I know it’s not reality, but the show has offered me some level of solace when things are going sideways at the national level, and they’re going sideways. From the President’s barbed State of the Union…

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for February 21st, 2020

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for February 21st, 2020

From avid angler and friend Tim Moran: Lower Deschutes River –  Locked gate to Oak Springs – Trout fishing is good fishing nymphs and BWO’s in the afternoon.  The big stones are present and they’re a good heavy fly to get you down.  Green Perdigons, small Hare’s Ears, soft hackle PT’s and Copper Johns are…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s a big, brown river right now and there’s next to no effort for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and even walleye is coming into question. Flood waters from the Eastern Oregon flooding is now taking its toll on the mainstem Columbia. If the river were a bit more tame right now,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – After a slight bump early this week, the Willamette is dropping back down to a nice level and spring Chinook anglers have been fast after it again late this week. Springers are being caught nearly every day, with Sellwood and the Milwaukie area prime places to target for rare early…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Following a nice surge of steelhead into the Clackamas River last week, catches have slowed somewhat, but catchable numbers remain for diligent anglers. Boaters have the best access to these fish in the higher flows and the catch is worth the effort, even though we’re currently experiencing hit or miss…

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