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Oregon Fisheries Update June 26th – July 2nd, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report –Bonneville area salmon fishing has slowed, despite good numbers of Chinook passing the facility on a daily basis. This is typically when peak passage happens at Bonneville for the summer run fish but as most anglers realize, the water is simply too warm. Steelhead numbers are also improving but mid-July is typically…

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Oregon Fisheries Update June 19th – June 25th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report –Warm water temperatures is slowing an already challenging bite on the mainstem Columbia. After a fair flurry of activity at Bonneville and to a lesser extent around Kalama, action is on the downturn despite fair numbers of Chinook still crossing Bonneville Dam. Spinners will still be the best bet for success…

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Oregon Fisheries Update June 12th – June 18th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Columbia River spring Chinook fishing remains mediocre despite good numbers of fish still going over Bonneville Dam. We’re about to officially shift over to summer Chinook season come June 15th and fishery managers continue to be impressed with this year’s return. Summer Chinook action won’t be much different from spring…

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Oregon Fisheries Update June 5th – June 11th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Columbia River salmon anglers continue to be the beneficiaries of a larger than predicted spring salmon run. Department officials ok’d an additional fin-clipped Chinook in the daily bag limit so anglers are now allowed to retain 2 hatchery Chinook instead of the traditional one. This regulation remains in place until…

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Oregon Fisheries Update May 29th – June 4th, 2015

Oregon Fisheries Update May 29th – June 4th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Despite continued good numbers of Chinook passing Bonneville Dam, action remains subdued but at least anglers have opportunity right now. Chinook, shad and sturgeon are all worthwhile but only shad and sturgeon fishing is excellent. Boat anglers will get additional opportunity with the early opener of the water above Beacon…

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Oregon Fisheries Update May 22nd – May 28th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Despite continued good returns over Bonneville Dam, effort and success on the lower Columbia River is not impressive. We’re on the verge of improving summer steelhead action and gobs of shad are likely to really pop off in the near future but salmon fishing remains pretty quiet despite fair numbers…

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Oregon Fisheries Update May 15th – May 21st

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Despite increased opportunity with the re-opener of the Columbia, catches remained subdued last Saturday and likely will for the remainder of the spring Chinook season too. Dam counts at Bonneville have dropped below 2,000 fish although that’s likely to range back into the 2,000/day range over the next week or…

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Oregon Fisheries Update May 8th – May 14th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – The reopener of the lower Columbia River re-invigorated much of the angling community but despite a monster effort, most angler had little to brag about. The most likely winners would have been Columbia River Gorge anglers but even they endured long launch times for little yield. The Columbia re-opens this…

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Oregon Fisheries Update April 3rd – April 9th, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Anglers are beginning to report more consistent action from the spring Chinook fishery on the lower Columbia. Although it’s still not great fishing from day to day, anglers can now go out and reasonably expect a chance at catching a springer anywhere below Bonneville Dam. Creel checks remain best in…

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Oregon Fisheries Update March 27th – April 2nd, 2015

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Spring Chinook anglers remain diligent but their efforts are not paying large dividends. Trollers working the I-5 to Cathlamet reach are producing occasional results but the gorge troll fishery remains the best bet for the few anglers fishing it. Anglers fishing at Cathlamet finally saw decent results on Thursday and test…

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Oregon Fisheries Update: March 13 – 19, 2015

      Willamette Valley/Metro –  Spring Chinook in the Portland area are about ready to stage a bigger show in the coming weeks. Columbia River anglers are starting to recreate in bigger numbers but only sporadic results are happening with fair fishing reported one day and poor fishing the next. Davis Bar, across from…

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Steelheading remains ho-hum on most systems

SW Washington – Steelheading remains ho-hum on most systems in this district but unsurprisingly, the Cowlitz remains a good bet for steelhead for the next several weeks. Spring chinook should start to show here soon although catches won’t ramp up for another month. The smelt season was fantastic here but is not closed and many…

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Effort remains light for those in pursuit of steelhead

SW Washington- Effort remains light for those in pursuit of steelhead. The Cowlitz remains the best prospect with the weekend check being 8 boat anglers kept 4 steelhead. The fish were sampled from the trout hatchery area. The Kalama and Lewis systems should have some fish available and you’re not likely to come across much…

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Late season action

SW Washington- With early returns over, anglers are now looking for late season action to fuel their creels until spring chinook. The Lewis, Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers are all tracking ahead of last year’s meager steelhead return with the Kalama consistently leading the pack. The first spring chinook was tallied at the Cowlitz facility, definitely…

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Good opportunities

SW Washington- Good fishing district wide here too although we’ll start to transition into broodstock returns and more wild fish in the coming weeks. The Cowlitz remains the top bet but the Kalama and Lewis should also see fair action in the coming weeks. Sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville Pool has largely disappointed anglers so…

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