Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Coho and Chinook Fading; Coastal Chinook Runs Slowing As Well Willamette Valley/Metro – Willamette River coho returns continue to surprise anyone watching the counts. Well over 10,000 adult coho have bypassed Willamette Falls, making for some good opportunity near upriver tributaries. Maybe more impressive is the jack counts, just shy of 3 times higher…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Chinook Finally Slowing, Coastal Systems Primed Willamette Valley/Metro – Chinook fishing is starting to slow on the mainstem Columbia. Dark Chinook are still an option in the Bonneville reach, but fresh-run salmon action will start to decline dramatically this week. That said, it is still an option, but anglers should be selective as to…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Astoria Coho Still Viable, Coastal Fall Chinook Are Available Willamette Valley/Metro – Metro anglers are starting to see a slight slow-down in Chinook opportunity locally. Chinook counts at Bonneville remain good and anglers fishing in the Bonneville to Multnomah Falls reach are still finding fresh fish although not with the same levels of success witnessed…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Chinook Bag Limit Doubles, Coastal Fall Chinook Fishing is Challenging Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers got more good news, allowing them to retain up to two Chinook in the Columbia River mainstem. Anglers saw great action in the gorge on Wednesday, before the gillnets went in that night. Bonneville numbers are tapering, but action should…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Chinook & Coho Returns Exceeding Expectations; Good Fishing Continues Willamette Valley/Metro – Metro anglers are still in hot pursuit of mainstem Columbia fall Chinook. Despite lots of good fishing still to come, catches remain sporadic as the sport fleet is still competing with the commercial fleet for successful days. It’s been a robust return,…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Set to Re-Open, Coho in the Clackamas, Sandy Willamette Valley/Metro – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington met by phone today (Thursday, September 17th) to discuss the opportunity for additional time to pursue Chinook on the mainstem Columbia, prior to the pre-season plan on September 23rd. Managers decided to let the fishery prosecute starting…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Wildfires Dominating Landscape, Fall Chinook Are On the Run Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers will be excited for another 3 days of Chinook opportunity in the Columbia River mainstem starting tomorrow (Friday). Pro trollers using spinners or super-baits should find fair to good action on the mainstem Columbia. There’s been good fishing at Bonneville (when they…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Last Chance at Mainstem Chinook; Sturgeon Retention Opens Above Wauna Willamette Valley/Metro – With the last of the 3-day openers for Chinook starting Friday, anglers will be perplexed as to what their next moves are. The fishing should be good however, with wobbler plunkers taking fish, but trollers working flashers and spinners the likely winners…

Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Reports

Mainstem Columbia to Close Soon, Coho Yet to Show Willamette Valley/Metro – With the fall Chinook migration underway, anglers are coming out in force to take advantage of the abbreviated season. Check your local listings here for the river reach you’re fishing, for up-to-date information on regulations. Overall, The Fishery is going well but that…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Ocean Coho Fishing Remains “Chill,” Summer Steelhead Catches Fair Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Willamette River spring Chinook season starting to taper, anglers are looking to the mainstem Columbia to satisfy their needs. Counts at Bonneville Dam are improving for summer steelhead and summer Chinook and sockeye are still passing, but in dwindling numbers. ODF&W’s…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Ocean Coho Cools Along With the Pacific; Columbia River Summer Steelhead is Back! Willamette Valley/Metro – Most would have given up on Willamette River spring Chinook by now, and many have, but catches are still coming for the fishery that just won’t quit. Although creel programs are “wrapped” for the year, Portland Harbor trollers are…