Oregon Fisheries Update January 17th, 2020

Oregon Fisheries Update January 17th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – There hasn’t been much opportunity in the Portland/Metro area this week. High water kept most from effectively fishing and those that did get out, weren’t very impressed with the results. Here’s what pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) had to say about Sandy River fishing, “Hello All. Fishing is improving everyday with more…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 10th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 10th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – The Willamette River itself has been on the move, as in an upward fashion. That’s kept both steelhead and sturgeon fishermen off the river, avoiding floating debris on its way westward. Steelhead passage is going well at Willamette Falls now that there is some water in the river and no sea lions…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 3rd, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 3rd, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Despite some effort out for steelhead in the region, damp weather has kept anglers from getting too excited and seeing any large degree of success this week. Rivers bumped up on New Years Day with another bump in the forecast that will likely keep folks home rather than on the water for…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 27th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 27th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Following the recent high water event in the valley, rivers are back on the drop and anglers are coming out from under their rocks in pursuit of steelhead and sturgeon once again. Unfortunately, the fish aren’t cooperating all that much. The Willamette is just now coming back on line for sturgeon fishing…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 20th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 20th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With little to fish for in the metro area rivers, anglers are busily doing other good stuff this time of year. It won’t be too long before steelhead start to show in better numbers on the Sandy and hopefully the Clackamas too. Until then there aren’t many options. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 6th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 6th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Did somebody shut the water off? Winter steelhead passage at Willamette Falls has dropped to zero. I don’t think there’s any sea lions to thwart them, just low water at this point. There may be some steelhead stacking up by Goat Island, but no one is fishing for them. Catch and release…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 28th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 28th, 2019

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With little going on in the basin, folks are looking for opportunities to the west, but those opportunities too are on the wane. Coho passage at Willamette Falls is but a trickle and the catch and release fishery for sturgeon in the Portland Harbor doesn’t seem to draw much interest, at least…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 15th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 15th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Passage of coho at Willamette Falls has slowed dramatically. The number remains around 7,300 adults for 2019 and likely won’t bump much for the remainder of the season. Effort for coho above the falls has slowed. Similarly, coho counts at Eagle Creek on the Clackamas River has slowed, with a near final…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 8th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 8th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With most metro rivers on hiatus for the fall, there isn’t much to report on from the mainstem Columbia or Willamette Rivers. Coho continue to pass at both Bonneville and Willamette Falls, but numbers are dwindling at both barriers. Over 70,000 have passed Bonneville, over 7,000 coho adults at Willamette Falls. Fishing…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 1st, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 1st, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Some boaters are still harassing dark Chinook in the Bonneville reach, not a good idea given this year’s impacts we’ve had on Chinook stocks in the system. Upstream of Bonneville, it’s a bit more justified as boats averaged about 1 kept coho per boat in that reach, mostly around the mouth of…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 25th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 25th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the re-opener of the Columbia, there was some interest in salmon fishing both above and below Bonneville Dam. This time of year, folks look upriver to target late-running coho that are still in the reservoirs, waiting to enter their home tributaries. The update from both the salmon opener and the sturgeon…