Oregon Fisheries Update July 10th – July 16th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Warming waters continue to depress catch rates on the mainstem Columbia for summer Chinook and steelhead. Although fair numbers are still being caught, the summer Chinook run is winding down on the mainstem, as evidenced by dam counts at Bonneville. Steelhead numbers are on the climb but catch rates are…

Oregon Fisheries Update July 3rd – July 9th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – The Columbia remains the bright spot for anglers fishing the metro area. Summer Chinook action remains impressive for the water conditions most of the region is experiencing. Anchor anglers using spinners as well as a few plug plunkers, are taking impressive numbers of fish from the I-205 area to Bonneville…

Oregon Fisheries Update June 26th – July 2nd, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report –Bonneville area salmon fishing has slowed, despite good numbers of Chinook passing the facility on a daily basis. This is typically when peak passage happens at Bonneville for the summer run fish but as most anglers realize, the water is simply too warm. Steelhead numbers are also improving but mid-July is typically…

Oregon Fisheries Update June 19th – June 25th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report –Warm water temperatures is slowing an already challenging bite on the mainstem Columbia. After a fair flurry of activity at Bonneville and to a lesser extent around Kalama, action is on the downturn despite fair numbers of Chinook still crossing Bonneville Dam. Spinners will still be the best bet for success…

Oregon Fisheries Update June 12th – June 18th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Columbia River spring Chinook fishing remains mediocre despite good numbers of fish still going over Bonneville Dam. We’re about to officially shift over to summer Chinook season come June 15th and fishery managers continue to be impressed with this year’s return. Summer Chinook action won’t be much different from spring…

Oregon Fishing Soap Box

For the longest time, anglers have complained about the complexity of fishing regulations and the complex and sometimes confusing way the fishing regulations booklet is written. It seems the ODFW finally got the message and, starting in 2016, fishing rules and the method by which they’re presented are supposed to be more streamlined and easier…

Oregon Fisheries Update June 5th – June 11th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Columbia River salmon anglers continue to be the beneficiaries of a larger than predicted spring salmon run. Department officials ok’d an additional fin-clipped Chinook in the daily bag limit so anglers are now allowed to retain 2 hatchery Chinook instead of the traditional one. This regulation remains in place until…

Soapbox Update May 28th, 2015

Soapbox Update- On May 23rd, Bill Monroe shared with Oregonian readers that the much maligned fee increases proposed by the ODFW for angling and hunting privileges would not be as high as the figures released originally. Does this strike anyone else as the negotiating ploy of asking for the sun and settling for the moon…