A few steelhead out there

Willamette Valley/Metro – A few steelhead are being taken by bank anglers on the lower Willamette. The better bet would be catch-and-release sturgeon fishing. Waters of the McKenzie are dropping and clearing although fishing here is slow. Winter steelhead are yet to show in sufficient number to create a fishery on the Santiams. While the…

Deschutes Update

Reader Sapo sent us this report on Wednesday this week, “I went to the Deschutes in 10-degree weather a week and a half ago, and the trout fishing is slow to fair, the steelhead fishing is about the same. We managed to hook up with a monster steelhead and a couple trout. Nymphs have been…

Look for Blue-Winged-Olives to Hatch Sooon

Central and Eastern Oregon – Trout fishing has been fair to good on the lower Deschutes this week. Look for Blue-Winged-Olives to hatch anytime rain starts to fall. Fly fishers have had steelhead grab their offerings with one angler landing (and releasing) a large native on Tuesday this week. Limits of kokanee have been taken…

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Steelhead Fishing Depends on Weather

North Coast Fishing Report – following last week’s rain freshet, steelheaders were reporting excellent catches along many coastal systems. Late last week, smaller rivers such as the Necanicum and North Fork Nehalem were producing limits for savvy anglers. Pro Guide Andy Betnar (503-791-4094) reported limits for him and his customers floating the upper reach of…

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Sandy River has been the Bright Spot

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – Some steelheaders were heard to complain that water levels on the Clackamas had fallen to levels too low this week for decent fishing. Those complaints will be silenced over the next couple of days as storms bearing heavy rainfall are due to hit the valley. Water is low…

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Steelhead Starting with CR Sturgeon Looking Good

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – While data readings at Willamette Falls indicate the level dropping and the water clearing, this is due to change. Keep in mind that, due to the mass of water in the Willamette, change will take place more slowly than in tributaries and other valley rivers, as will…

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Productive Early Season for Steelhead Fishing in the NW

Willamette Valley/Metro – Winter steelhead passage has picked up slightly at Willamette Falls. Options for fishing the lower Willamette include bank fishing for winter steelhead and catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon. The McKenzie River will blow out with storms this week and is historically slow to recover. The Santiam system is also due to rise rapidly…

Good Success for Steelhead

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] North Coast Fishing Report – Steelheaders have had an impressive start to the season. It’s what many theorized after a banner wild and hatchery coho return this fall. Late last week, before the high water, steelheaders on the Wilson River were reporting double digit opportunities. What is most impressive, is the high quality…

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Winter steelhead on the Sandy is Starting Up

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – Water conditions on the Clackamas are good and forecast to remain that way, at least for a while. The river has been gradually dropping and clearing over the past few days. Eagle Creek has been running at decent level although it is quite clear. Despite the…

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Steelhead Counts Start to Pick Up

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Flows have continued to drop at Willamette Falls as water visibility gradually improves. Water temperature have rising from the high 30s to the low 40s. Daily winter steelhead counts are starting to pick up but few that 300 had been counted as of January 8th.…

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Think Steelhead

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Flows are dropping and winter steelhead counts are gradually improving at Willamette Falls. A few winters are being taken by bank anglers but catch and release sturgeon fishing remains a reliable alternative While water flows and conditions are good on the McKenzie River, trout fishing is slow. The Santiams are…

Fishing Links

Steelhead Life Cycle, Spawning Migration, and Physiology Hatchery moves quickly to release trout to local fishing spots New issue Swing Magazine for spey fishers ODFW Family Ice Fishing Workshop Jan 24 Fossil finds yield a surprise about Oregon’s sabertooth salmon Fish hatchery truck crash kills 11,000 salmon Interesting site for offshore wind predictions