Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 28th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 28th, 2019

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With little going on in the basin, folks are looking for opportunities to the west, but those opportunities too are on the wane. Coho passage at Willamette Falls is but a trickle and the catch and release fishery for sturgeon in the Portland Harbor doesn’t seem to draw much interest, at least…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 8th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 8th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With most metro rivers on hiatus for the fall, there isn’t much to report on from the mainstem Columbia or Willamette Rivers. Coho continue to pass at both Bonneville and Willamette Falls, but numbers are dwindling at both barriers. Over 70,000 have passed Bonneville, over 7,000 coho adults at Willamette Falls. Fishing…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 1st, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 1st, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Some boaters are still harassing dark Chinook in the Bonneville reach, not a good idea given this year’s impacts we’ve had on Chinook stocks in the system. Upstream of Bonneville, it’s a bit more justified as boats averaged about 1 kept coho per boat in that reach, mostly around the mouth of…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Fishery managers brought some late-breaking but good news this week, with the re-opener of the mainstem Columbia for coho salmon only. The fishery is now open from Buoy 10 to The Dalles Dam. For the most accurate information, go HERE. Also embedded in this press release is details for another 2 days…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Salmon are moving upstream, the mainstem remains closed, but on a good note, anglers will get another day of sturgeon fishing as outlined in THIS PRESS RELEASE this Saturday, October 12th from the Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam. The Willamette coho fishery is slowing, I explored the above Willamette Falls fishery and…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 27th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 27th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the mainstem Columbia now closed for all salmon and steelhead fishing from Tongue Point to Highway 395 near Pasco, Washington, anglers only have one more sturgeon opener to look forward to this Saturday, September 28th. Last Saturday’s opener yielded 524 legal sturgeon from a 1,230 quota guideline. The best fishing was…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 6th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 6th, 2019

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 2nd, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 2nd, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Willamette largely a warm water fishery now, effort is light for salmon and sturgeon. It’ll be that way for quite some time. The Columbia River opened back up for Chinook salmon on August 1st and like the summer steelhead fishery that has been underway for a while now, will continue…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 19th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 19th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With metro area fisheries entering summer doldrums, anglers are looking west to coastal fisheries to satisfy their itch. Moderate temperatures however have kept trout fisheries on the table, and the Columbia River summer steelhead run is peaking for metro area anglers. The summer steelhead run is down from even last year’s dismal…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 17th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 17th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Spring Chinook fishing in the Willamette River has nosedived. Creel numbers show the worst week 19 of the season in more than a decade. Despite fair water conditions, warm weather and a high pressure system has caused the bite to tank. The water temperature has eclipsed 62 degrees and spring Chinook should…

Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Report May 10th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fishing Report May 10th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With all systems go for Willamette Valley rivers, catch rates remained robust for the week, but the catch per angler dropped from the previous week, while effort increased. The most productive reach remained the mainstem Willamette from St. Johns Bridge to the mouth and the entire Multnomah Channel where just over 4,600…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update for April 5, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update for April 5, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro –Unprecedented opportunity for spring Chinook has yielded high effort and fair results in the recent week. Catches are tracking ahead of the 5-year average and in the lower (Multnomah Channel) and middle (Portland Harbor) reaches of the Willamette, catches almost tripled from the previous week. Realistically however, catches are still only averaging a…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With consistent flows on the Willamette River, spring Chinook anglers have been enjoying good water conditions as we approach peak season for the fishery. Traditionally, the spring Chinook fishery peaked in the third week of April, but most recently, catches have been sporadic throughout the months of April, May and even June as…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 22, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 22, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although two spring Chinook have now crossed Bonneville Dam, the bulk of the run is still months away. Peak passage at Bonneville used to happen around the 3rd week of April, but in recent years, has pushed back to mid-May or later, giving biologists an added challenge in managing the fishery. The Columbia…