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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

As April draws to a close, over 4,100 winter steelhead and nearly 500 summers been counted Willamette Falls, either or both of which are crossing in roughly the same number daily. With a few daily counts exceeding 1,000 and one topping twice that, spring Chinook total is well over 13,000 and rapidly increasing. Flows are…

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Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River Fishing Report and Forecast

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – With the dogwoods in bloom, so is the spring chinook bite on the lower Willamette River. Backtrollers at Oregon City and trollers in the harbor and the Multnomah Channel are producing good catches on herring and spinners. It looks like the traditional peak period on the Willamette…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s peak season on the mainstem Columbia and only a few open days left. First things first, on a joint state compact call Wednesday afternoon, the states of Oregon and Washington decided on an additional 2 days of opportunity; Saturday, April 11th (the day after the originally modeled closure date)…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 10th

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Very little change is in the forecast for water level and flow at Willamette Falls in Oregon City, even with rain in the forecast. Flows have been gently moderating over the past week and while they’ll pick up slightly, it won’t be much of an event and is unlikely to…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – The temperature of the water spilling over Willamette Falls is in the mid-50s. Nearly 250 spring Chinook are upstream now, along with about 3,500 winter steelhead and about 140 summers. As of mid-day Thursday, April 2nd visibility was improving. Water level and flow at the McKenzie River…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

While we’ve been reporting on spring Chinook fishing in the lower Willamette for several weeks and not glowingly, this might be a good time to remind angers that the run is just getting started and the best by far is yet to come. Consider that harsh offshore conditions and extreme tides will slow the migration…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

As of March 18th, visibility at Willamette Falls is 1.7 feet which is the best it has been this week. The flow has also been moderating. Turbid water hasn’t kept trollers off the lower river but when visibility is poor, fishing is likely to be slow and that has been the case. Unless the quarry…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

 The downriver reaction from rainfall this weekend will be delayed on the Willamette as things happen more slowly on this larger waterway than on its tributaries. There may be some effect on the lower river by Monday or so but it will be Tuesday or Wednesday that the greater impact will be evident. It is…

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Hagg Lake opens to fishing on Saturday

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Water flows at Willamette Falls are decreasing daily. Readings have dropped from 13,300 cfs to 11,200 cfs in the first five days of the month. The water temperature has been fairly steady in the high 40s. Fishing would improve with a little warmer water. McKenzie flows have…

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Sturgeon fishery continues to provide some steady action

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Waters of the lower Willamette will experience little change from the rainfall that will effect smaller rivers and streams of the next couple of days. There may be some roiling, however, from muddy water washing downriver. If this occurs, think sturgeon rather than springers. Precipitation over today…

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Smelt is becoming the bait of choice

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Flows of the Willamette at the Falls have been moderating and the water has been clearing. The latest temperature reading was right at 50 degrees as of February 19th. Daily counts of winter steelhead have been ramping up into the hundreds, putting the latest total about 2,150.…

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Catch and release sturgeon on the lower Willamette

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – 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…

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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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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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Sturgeon on the lower Willamette

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Water flow at Willamette Falls has once again started to drop with the temperature gradually rising to the mid-40s. According to the latest reading, the visibility is about one foot. Daily winter steelhead passage has once again dropped off to single digits. Waters of the McKenzie crested…

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