Soapbox Update sponsored by the Marine Fish Conservation Network September 11, 2015

The Season of Change   September if my favorite month of the year. Fall salmon, the last remaining viable run of wild fish, come back to our rivers, where they stage in our estuaries and the nearshore, where we have good access to them. Dinner-plate sized Dungeness crab are readily available, albacore are biting, elk…

Columbia River Summer Sturgeon & Chinook Fishing

Published on Sep 3, 2015 Learn effective techniques for sturgeon and summer Chinook salmon near the mouth of the Columbia with guide, Bob Rees. First, hook up doubles and triples of sturgeon on anchovies and then troll anchovies for summer chinook. Bob is joined by Norm Richie of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders and Paul…

North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast September 4th – 10th, 2015

North Coast Fishing Report – It is certainly early for peak season fishing on the north Oregon coast. Reports of great chinook salmon fishing however are coming from Tillamook Bay. Of course like any other fishery, great action does not last long. One angler reported on great fishing early in the week and although fish…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 4th – 10th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery is awkwardly disappointing right now. With Chinook season below Tongue Point closed, frustrated anglers, as well as business owners are hopping mad at fishery managers for closing Chinook fishing in the most productive reach of the river. After 3 days of productive coho fishing, they have…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report For Sept 4, 2015

While rain falling at last in the Pacific Northwest didn’t bring about an end to the drought, it was catalyst for a number of changes in rivers and streams, not the least of which was the lifting of a precedent-setting fishing curfew as of September 1st. The emergency regulation which closed the lower Willamette was…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports for Sept 4, 2015

Clackamas water levels crested on the last day of August and have dropped somewhat since that date. While there have been rumors of some coho catches according to Robert Campbell at Fisherman’s Marine in Oregon City (503-557-3313), no catches have yet been confirmed. Effects of recent rainfall were minimal on the Sandy River although it…

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Central & South Coast Oregon Fishing Reports for Sept 4, 2015

Labor Day Weekend 2015 offers plenty to get ocean anglers excited, starting with the non-selective coho (fin-clipped or not) season opening Friday, September 4th. With the quota increased to 20,700 fish, there’s opportunity for all who make this trip. This fishery is scheduled through September 30th unless the quota is taken prior to that date.…

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Central & Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports for Sept 4, 2015

Lower Deschutes fly anglers will see a gradual improvement for redsides through September with the appearance of Spotted and Green Caddis. Despite murky water on the lower river thanks to muddy outflow from White River, steelhead fishing is good for those throwing spinners. UPDATE: ODFW has been working on simplifying and streamlining the angling regulations…

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Soapbox Update sponsored by the Marine Fish Conservation Network September 3rd, 2015

On Volunteers Last week I wrote on the need for regulatory action to save salmon. After writing about that, I feared that I gave the impression of an underappreciated volunteer base; nothing could be further from the truth. I work for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, a dedicated group of over 1,600 members that collectively,…

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 28th – September 3rd, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report- Yes, it’s Buoy 10 so yes, you’re not going to get them every time, even us guides. Most might say we had a better year last year but overall, action for chinook and a growing number of coho remains steady on the lower Columbia. It remains perplexing, and somewhat worrisome, why…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast August 28th – September 3rd, 2015

North Coast Fishing Report – With the offshore any salmon season still a week away, anglers will remain focused on inshore options such as Tillamook and Nehalem Bays. Both should produce some catches but don’t expect great action for another few weeks. With rough bar conditions for most of the week, the jaws option wasn’t…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for August 28th

Water temperatures have been 76 degrees at Willamette Falls. Not much else matters with the lower river closed to all but warm water fishing, except for those who fish for these species in which case it’s pretty good. Level and flow on the McKenzie have changed little over the past week with the lower river temperature…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports for August 28th

Clackamas levels have remained about the same for a week and that level is about the same as the week before. Now, things are about to change. Flows on the Sandy River at the town of Sandy have actually dropped just a bit further to hover around 300 cfs. That’s not a great figure. The…

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