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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia River Sturgeon Season on the Horizon? Willamette Valley/Metro – Many readers have been asking if there will be a spring sturgeon fishery in the estuary. The state of Washington has been SLOW to negotiate, but ODF&W is talking with the agency across the river to see if a joint-state solution can be had. Oregon…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia River spring Chinook closes, NO mainstem gillnet fishing either! I wish to thank the nearly 100+ interested anglers that listened in and commented on Wednesday’s Columbia River Compact meeting. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! I wasn’t sure how my testimony was going to go, but after hearing the dire straits that the Idaho fisheries are…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

More Opportunity for Columbia River Spring Chinook Anglers! Willamette Valley/Metro – That’s right! Fishery managers concluded that the spring Chinook anglers of the Columbia River fell far short of achieving their allocation in the previous 4-day opener that closed on Wednesday, May 13th. Although it seemed catches picked up on Wednesday, fishery managers adopted another…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 8th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Well, there was a whole bunch of excitement given the re-opening of the mainstem Columbia for spring Chinook on Tuesday. Frankly, I was quite surprised there weren’t more people fishing. We’re in peak migration and with the exception that Bonneville Power Administration is dumping reservoirs in preparation for snow-melt, the river is…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update April 24th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – The Willamette River has been the go-to spot for trollers, with the Multnomah Channel producing the best catches here lately. All reaches of river are producing now, but with the low, clear water conditions upon us once more, the lower river anglers are picking off the cream of the crop before springers…

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Update from ODF&W

Beginning Friday, April 10 at midnight, all hunting and recreational fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be limited to Oregon residents only, in order to limit travel and protect rural communities While most seasons are open, many locations to fish, hunt, crab and clam are closed to public access due to COVID-19 including boat…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update April 10th, 2020

From ODF&W Beginning Friday, April 10 at midnight, all hunting and recreational fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be limited to Oregon residents only, in order to limit travel and protect rural communities While most seasons are open, many locations to fish, hunt, crab and clam are closed to public access due to COVID-19…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update April 3rd, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Effort and subsequent catch did dip this week, but it’s mostly effort that dropped, likely due to the “Shelter” guidelines issued by the Governor’s office lately. That said, effort didn’t suffer that much so we’re hopeful people are adhering to the 6 foot social distancing guidelines that are out there from the…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 27th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 27th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Even though Columbia River salmon fishing remained very slow, we were on the verge of coming into peak season but anglers will be denied access to Columbia River springers until further notice. The press release says salmon and steelhead fishing will remain closed until at least April 8th, but I don’t think…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Report March 20th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Report March 20th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Spring Chinook effort and catch stayed relatively similar to last week although statistically speaking, anglers this week caught slightly fewer fish and certainly fewer keepers. Like last year, upper river anglers fishing the Oregon City area only caught wild fish, requiring release. Our theory from last year was that all the keepers…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 13th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 13th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Despite great water conditions, it’s still early for any large numbers of spring Chinook to be present in the Portland/Metro area. Late March is more feasible and from the reports we’re getting, that seems to be more factual than most would care to believe. It’s just hard to pass up such beautiful…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 6th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 6th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – The Willamette has remained in oddly good shape for salmon and steelhead fishing. Both fisheries aren’t performing all that well but that’s because few pursue the mostly wild return of steelhead and the spring Chinook return isn’t overly robust this year either. The steelhead return, however, is surprisingly great for what we’ve…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 28th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 28th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – After a flurry of spring Chinook activity on the Willamette River, the tide has turned and anglers are having to work hard for success. Interest seems to keep growing, as more boats are starting to ply the waters of the Willamette near Oregon City as of late. A consistent creel program won’t…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 14th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 14th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – Well, it’s official. The first spring Chinook of the Willamette River was caught on Wednesday, a 15 pounder caught on a herring and flasher in the Sellwood Bridge area. Although not surprising that a February springer would be caught, it is a bit surprising that under these still somewhat colored up conditions…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 7th, 2020

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 7th, 2020

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Columbia running brown downstream of the Willamette, anglers on the mainstem have given it a reprieve lately. Once it begins to drop however, interest will escalate once again as February springers, destined for the Willamette River, once again become a possibility. Oh yea, winter steelhead too. And speaking of the…

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