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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Lake Billy Chinook could be rewarding

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Central and Eastern Oregon – Morning temperatures are in the teens and there’s snow in the banks of the Deschutes at Mecca Flats, but hardcore fly anglers are out there casting nonetheless. They’re being rewarded with the occasional steelhead hookup, some nice redsides and a few whitefish. No reports have come in regarding…

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Winter steelhead on the Umpqua perhaps

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Central & South Coast Reports – As good as offshore bottom fishing can be at this time of year, ocean conditions keep opportunities few and far between. Predictions for the coming week don’t look optimistic. Few charters have been getting out and some have closed shop except for sight-seeing tours. There are chances…

Fish move with the rivers on the rise

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] North Coast Fishing Report – With chinook still on tap, few boaters are in pursuit. Tillamook Bay remains a fair to good option for a late season chinook as trollers starting finding success in the west channel in recent days. With so few competing, action has been good with some boats tallying 3…

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Coho on the Sandy River

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – Clackamas water levels have started to rise from the current 1,500 cfs and will be jumping up this weekend. Flows are predicted to top 5,500 cfs by Saturday Night. Expect to see a rise in levels on the Sandy River as well and this just as…

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Crabbing is great if you tried

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s a crabbing show now and given the rough weather this week, effort was low. For the few that did brave the conditions, action was great; limit crabbing as a matter of fact. That is, if you crabbed in the right location. The Guide’s Forecast – Commercial crab…

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