It’s Transition Time

Willamette Valley/Metro – The Willamette River level has been dropping at the Falls but that will soon change. Catch and release sturgeon fishing is good and is the only fishing available on the lower Willamette. While McKenzie River levels have been dropping, that will change with December rains. Fishing is slow. The Santiams offer nothing…

Crooked River is often rewarding

Central and Eastern Oregon – No one expects much in the way of hatches on the lower Deschutes at this time of year but there will be come BWO and caddis larvae in the river so if targeting trout, throwing those imitations or a size 18 egg fly will serve best. It will be slow.…

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Chinook still remain an option in Tillamook area

North Coast Fishing Report – Although prospects are dropping off, chinook still remain an option in the Tillamook district. Boaters are still working Tillamook Bay with the Ghost Hole and Coast Guard station still producing occasional fish. Avid angler Craig Campbell has put in a couple of successful evenings last week, yielding 2 nice chinook,…

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Season wrapping up

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – The Clackamas is forecast to rise through the weekend, drop for a couple of days, them blow out. This appears to be an accurate prediction. Although about done, it was a great coho run this year with biters in the river (for a change). About 13.000 fish were…

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Catch and release sturgeon is the only game

The Willamette River level has been dropping at the Falls but that will soon change. Coho have all but disappeared from counts although 77 winter steelhead have been counted. These will all be wild at this time of year. Water level and flow has been dropping recently on the McKenzie River but we are confident…

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Not much left on the lower Columbia

Not much left for fishing opportunity on the lower Columbia. Even crabbing prospects are dwindling as the commercial fleet started their program in late November. Commercial catches have been good out of Hammond but commercial crabbers are reporting fair numbers of sport legal, yet undersize commercial legal sized crab available. [it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″]The Guide’s Forecast –…

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Trout at Crescent Lake

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] Water levels on the lower Deschutes are still a little high but fishable, as least above White River where Blue-Winged-Olives are hatching on occasion  but nymphing is more effective. The latest report was that snow on the riverbanks has melted. Trout fishing is fair and summer steelhead are still getting caught on occasion.…

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This fishery is over

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] With the exception of crabbing, this fishery is over. Extreme tides challenged crabbers last weekend as the window of opportunity was small. The high tide exchange, especially the strong minus (evening) outgoing, buries crab pots and made it unproductive to catch crab. Action was still fair to good for those diligent in their…

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Winter fishing for rockfish and lingcod is excellent

Winter fishing for rockfish and lingcod is excellent when boats can get out. Launches should be possible early next week. In addition, ocean crabbing becomes legal once again starting December 1. In last week’s newsletter, the closure of Tenmile, Tahkenitch and Siltcoos was stated incorrectly. All of the above lakes will open for wild coho…

Early winter steelhead should be available

A flurry of great action took place last Sunday when air and water temperatures warmed and staging estuary chinook made a run upriver on the Trask and Wilson Rivers. Action has slowed since and only an occasional pod of chinook will roll through the Tillamook district into mid-December. The Kilchis is an option too. Early…

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Bonneville numbers remain depressed

Bonneville numbers remain depressed as we enter the winter blues. If you’re into wildlife watching, go to the Bonneville area and watch the Stellar Sea Lions chow down on your broodstock sturgeon; it’s epic this time of year. Sorry, is my frustration playing out? Warmer temperatures may produce some coho catches in the gorge but…

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