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Oregon Fisheries Update August 5th, 2016

Willamette Valley – Summer steelhead remain available for Bonneville area anglers but the larger-in-number A-run fish are phasing out, while the larger-in-size B-run fish are starting to show. Small spinners often produce the best results but spin-n-glos tipped with coon shrimp are also a consistent favorite. We’re still weeks away from a viable fall Chinook…

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Oregon Fisheries Update July 22nd, 2016

Willamette Valley – Chinook passage at Bonneville is starting to taper but catches were fair to good for gorge boats participating in the fishery. The run is over here so catch rates won’t improve again for at least another month. Summer steelhead anglers working the mainstem remain pleased with their catches and although passage numbers…

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Oregon Fisheries Update June 17th, 2016

Willamette Valley – The Columbia River is coming on surprisingly strong in recent days. There have been reports of impressive bites for trollers in the Davis Bar area, not quite to the magnitude of the September fishery but for the amount of pressure and a mid-June fishery, it is worth your while. Furthermore, Chinook numbers…

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Oregon Fisheries Update March 11th – March 17th, 2016

Willamette Valley – Spring Chinook are starting to fall with more regularity on the lower Columbia. Reports from the mainstem, downstream of Portland, show fairly consistent success for the water conditions and yet early timing of the run. Counts at Bonneville are ahead of the 10-year average but only 1/3 of last years total at…

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Oregon Fisheries Update February 19th – 25th, 2016

Willamette Valley – It’s still way too early to get excited about spring Chinook but anglers are starting to put in some time in anticipation of one of the early ones of the season. Ten Spring Chinook have crossed Bonneville Dam and one over Willamette Falls too. Cold weekend weather will not make it a…

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Oregon Fishing Update January 29th, 2016

Willamette Valley – Willamette waters will be rising once again as rain buffets the valley this comi9ng weekend. While it’s still too early for spring Chinook, sturgeon fishing will be worthwhile in the lower river. Waters of the McKenzie are predictably on the rise and will continue in this trend through the weekend. With a…

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Oregon Fisheries Update for December 25th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – The Willamette is still very high and muddy bit will fish for sturgeon in a week or so. It’s not sage to boat the lower river at this time. The McKenzie remains too high to fish, as does the Santiam system. There is hope for the Clackamas in coming days…

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Oregon Fisheries Update December 18th – 24th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Most of the valley rivers are flowing high, swift and muddy. This includes the lower Willamette, which is currently unsafe for boating. The McKenzie will remain too high for fishing for at least a week. Also high and raging, the entire Santiam system is expected to remain out of shape…

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Oregon Fisheries Update November 20th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Salmon fishing on the mainstem Columbia is over. There will continue to be some action for Chinook in the Hanford reach and steelhead in the John Day Pool and John Day Arm but all other fisheries are effectively over. With the steelhead run this year sub-par, don’t expect very good…

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Oregon Fishing Update October 30th – November 5th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Dam counts at Bonneville are dropping off drastically but a few interested anglers remain engaged. Success will become more challenging with the deadline closure effective November 1st, to protect mainstem spawning Chinook and chum salmon. It’s been an incredible season. While the Willamette has yet to feel much impact from…

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Oregon Fisheries Update September 11th – 17th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Anchor anglers participating in the wobbler fishery continue to report sporadic results. Those fishing downstream of Warrior Rock now have to look for fin-clipped fish, keeping only chinook or coho missing theirs. Those have been challenging to come by. Anglers upstream of Warrior Rock are reporting fair to good success,…

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Oregon Fisheries Update August 27th – September 2, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Although passage at Bonneville remains mediocre, wobbler anglers working the Kalama to Cowlitz stretch are starting to see fair catches of chinook. This reach will not be open long so action needs to ramp up quickly to call the season a success. The first week of September is often one…

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Oregon Fisheries Update August 21st – August 27th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – It’s clear that the fall run of chinook is underway at Bonneville Dam as over 6,000 adults passed the facility on August 19th. Effort remains light in the Portland to Longview stretch but with those numbers, interest will be ramping up in short order. A few B run summer steelhead…

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