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…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Summer Chinook Extension, Ocean Coho Crazy Good! Willamette Valley/Metro – The fishery that just wouldn’t quit. Willamette River spring Chinook anglers are still catching springers (and a stray Columbia River summer run once in a while) at the head of the Multnomah Channel. Cooler than usual water temperatures has kept the bite going, but it’s…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Abruptly Closes, Ocean Salmon Fishing Disappointing Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers lost another opportunity this week, when mainstem Columbia River fishing closed to the retention of sockeye and summer steelhead, effective at COB (Close of Business) on Wednesday night, as in, it’s closed NOW. The official press release is HERE. Managers will look at updating…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Keeper Sturgeon Season Opens in the Willamette; Ocean Chinook on the Coast! It’s official! Terry Otto’s SW Washington report, is available to help you catch more fish in the crown jewel region of Washington. His FULL VERSION is now available by subscription. For just $15.95/year, or $0.32 cents/week, you’ll get all the great info needed…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Sturgeon Season Teed Up By Oregon, Washington Fisheries Manager Shoots It Down READERS:This week, you’re going to see what an almost jam-packed Guide’s Forecast looks like. You’ve been asking us for expanded coverage for years, and we’re putting together a stronger team and coverage almost every week. And we know we can do even better!…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Fisheries Opening Back Up; Sturgeon, Halibut, Springers, Steelhead and Maybe Even Sturgeon On the Table and don’t forget, Free Fishing Weekend June 6-7: No special events this year, but it’s still free to fish. See the full press release HERE. Willamette Valley/Metro – Catch rates on the Willamette jumped just a bit this week, with…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia River Sturgeon Season on the Horizon? Willamette Valley/Metro – Many readers have been asking if there will be a spring sturgeon fishery in the estuary. The state of Washington has been SLOW to negotiate, but ODF&W is talking with the agency across the river to see if a joint-state solution can be had. Oregon…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia River spring Chinook closes, NO mainstem gillnet fishing either! I wish to thank the nearly 100+ interested anglers that listened in and commented on Wednesday’s Columbia River Compact meeting. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! I wasn’t sure how my testimony was going to go, but after hearing the dire straits that the Idaho fisheries are…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

More Opportunity for Columbia River Spring Chinook Anglers! Willamette Valley/Metro – That’s right! Fishery managers concluded that the spring Chinook anglers of the Columbia River fell far short of achieving their allocation in the previous 4-day opener that closed on Wednesday, May 13th. Although it seemed catches picked up on Wednesday, fishery managers adopted another…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 8th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Well, there was a whole bunch of excitement given the re-opening of the mainstem Columbia for spring Chinook on Tuesday. Frankly, I was quite surprised there weren’t more people fishing. We’re in peak migration and with the exception that Bonneville Power Administration is dumping reservoirs in preparation for snow-melt, the river is…