Columbia still a big nothing

Columbia River Fishing Report – No news is bad news. Nothing continuing to go on here although the first spring chinook of the year passed by Bonneville Dam on February 8th. Let’s hope we get some momentum going in the very near future. The Guide’s Forecast – If you need something to read, here is…

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Anglers anxiously await

Willamette Valley/Metro – Passage of winter steelhead at the Falls has slowed over the past couple of weeks. Water flowing from upstream is still muddy, adding to the turbidity of the lower river. Water levels remain high on the McKenzie River. The Santiam system has not yet recovered from rainfall earlier this week. The Clackamas…

Blue-Winged-Olives hatching around mid-day

Central and Eastern Oregon – Most of the summer steelhead on the lower Deschutes have moved into tributaries to spawn. Redside fishing is fair to good with Blue-Winged-Olives hatching around mid-day although nymphs fished near the bottom will be effective anytime. Expect Caddis to be hatching around the middle of February. Can spring be far…

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Incoming Weather Will Improve Fishing

North Coast Fishing Report – Anglers this week had low water conditions to contend with. Persistent low, clear water tested anglers abilities in such conditions. The challenging conditions did not keep everybody from trying for steelhead but those that did, were far short of limits for their efforts. Smaller systems were predictably most challenging as…

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Sandy River Productive for Winter Steelhead

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – Clackamas levels dropped to a point earlier this week where it was challenging to fish and impossible for any craft other than pontoons or drift boats to navigate it. “I actually prefer it that way,” said Robert Campbell at Fisherman’s Marine in Oregon City (503-557-5600). Despite periodic milky…

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Water’s rising

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Water level and flow has started to increase at Willamette Falls and soon it will be running muddy. With this additional flow invariably comes debris so boater are advised to use caution, keep an eye upstream and have a knife handy to cut the anchor rope in…

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Good late season steelhead may materialize

Willamette Valley/Metro – Nope, no springers at Bonneville yet. An initial springer frenzy has ensued recently but if the metro rivers swell as anticipated, interest will wane. It’s too early to invest too much time into these fisheries. I know, they’re springers, right? As the lower Willamette rises and muddies up over the coming week,…

Billy Chinook produced a couple of kokanee limits

Central & Eastern – Water levels have been high on the Deschutes this week with warm weather triggering snowmelt. This situation has stalled fishing efforts until conditions improve. A few fly anglers have ventured to the Fall River, a decent winter trout destination only a few years ago. Something has happened, however, for just as…

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Mainstem Nehalem has finally become a good option

North Coast Fishing Report – Steelhead anglers have been challenged lately by low and clear flows. Most boat anglers are now targeting larger systems as fish are hunkered down in deeper, darker, broken surfaced pockets. Following the last rain freshet over a week ago now, catches were quite impressive on some of the smaller streams…

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Low water levels impact access

Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports – Water levels on the Clack have been dropping. “It’s too low for jets,” quipped Robert Campbell at Fisherman’s Marine in Oregon City (503-557-5600). “Drift boats will do OK now but powered boats can’t make it in water this low.” The Sandy is also low – ‘way low. It…

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Bank anglers on the lower Willamette have had it pretty good

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – As Willamette Falls flows continue to moderate and the water temperature rises to the lower 40s, winter steelhead counts have topped the 1,000 mark. While there’s no spring Chinook count set up (yet) at the Falls, there are surely a few in the lower river. The McKenzie…

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