Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 13th, 2019

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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…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Fishery managers brought some late-breaking but good news this week, with the re-opener of the mainstem Columbia for coho salmon only. The fishery is now open from Buoy 10 to The Dalles Dam. For the most accurate information, go HERE. Also embedded in this press release is details for another 2 days…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Salmon are moving upstream, the mainstem remains closed, but on a good note, anglers will get another day of sturgeon fishing as outlined in THIS PRESS RELEASE this Saturday, October 12th from the Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam. The Willamette coho fishery is slowing, I explored the above Willamette Falls fishery and…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 4th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 4th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the mainstem Columbia now closed to Chinook, coho, steelhead and sturgeon, metro anglers are focusing their efforts on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers, as well as headed west to the Oregon Coast in pursuit of fall Chinook. Anglers took another 114 keeper sturgeon from the last opener (9/26) where the keeper…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 27th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 27th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the mainstem Columbia now closed for all salmon and steelhead fishing from Tongue Point to Highway 395 near Pasco, Washington, anglers only have one more sturgeon opener to look forward to this Saturday, September 28th. Last Saturday’s opener yielded 524 legal sturgeon from a 1,230 quota guideline. The best fishing was…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 20th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 20th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Managers met on Wednesday to discuss the potential for a Saturday re-opener of Chinook on the mainstem Columbia on Saturday. Apparently, the consensus was NOT reached between the two managing states and Chinook retention won’t be re-opened on the proposed Saturday date. For all the fun facts on how the Columbia River…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 13th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 13th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With Chinook season closed down in the Portland/Metro area, the primary focus for urban anglers will be coho, which are starting to show up in better numbers as the season progresses. Coho on the mainstem Columbia will also soon be a good option, especially if the numbers materialize as predicted. The Sandy…

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 6th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 6th, 2019

North Coast Fishing Report – With lots of options on the table, north coast anglers have a bevy of fisheries to choose from. Ocean salmon, coastal fall Chinook, halibut, albacore and good crabbing are all at our doorstep. Starting with the ocean “any 2 salmon” fishery, I must say, it’s a bit surprising action isn’t…

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