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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for July 22nd

Over the past 14 days, flows at Willamette Falls have not changed. While the water level dropped over that period of time, it has since returned to right where it started two weeks ago. Biologists refer to this condition as ‘stable’ but a little change would boost activity on the lower river. Like, for instance…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for July 15

ODFW fills us in: “Summer steelhead returns this year are beating the 5- and 10-year averages, which translates into some great fishing opportunity in Willamette Valley streams like the Sandy, Clackamas, Santiam, and McKenzie systems.” There has been no data update on Willamette Falls Fish Counts since July 3rf on which date 244 spring Chinook…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for July 7th

Fish movement has been good but we’re guessing here. History would tell us that great gobs of fish are crossing at Willamette Falls ‘cause everybody knows when the volume of traffic picks up in the fish ladder, counts fall behind. The latest data as of the afternoon of July 7th was from the 20th of…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for July 1st

Lower Willamette water temperature is, has been and will be in the 70-degree range. Yep, it’s summertime, all right. Rain this week? Zero, nada, zip and all those other phrases that mean, “It ain’t happening.” Waters of the Willamette are clear and have been all month, varying for seven to nearly nine feet of visibility,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for June 24th

Oh, what? 22,000? More? It’s challenging to project daily counts of spring Chinook in order to take an arguably educated guess about the cumulative number that has passed in light of the lack if data from fish counters as passage picks up, but it’s right about there. Summer steelhead numbers are a little more challenging…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for June 17th

It’s fairly easy to tell what the passage at Willamette Falls is doing. Not by the data, but the lack of it. As of the afternoon of Thursday, June 16th, the counts are a week behind. While this might be annoying to those looking for information, it is historically a very good sign (as many…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Over 10,000 summer steelhead have been counted at Willamette Falls. Unofficially, but since the daily counts are in the 300 range and the numbers haven’t been updated since June 3rd, the estimate should be warranted. About the same number of spring Chinook are passing daily which puts the cumulative total at 18,000 and some. The…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for June 3rd

It’s almost always a good sign when counts at Willamette Falls start to fall behind as they have lately. Daily summer steelhead counts had the last double-digit day on May 10th with only triple-digit days since that date. Nearly 8,400 summer steelhead were counted as of May 30th, the latest data available. Spring Chinook have…

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Willamette River Fishing Report for May 27th

Anglers remain largely disappointed by the showing of spring Chinook on the Willamette River. Although there are still some spring Chinook being taken on the lower channel, catches continue to taper as water temperatures warm. Oregon city, which is historically a great place to fish this time of year, is widely empty of anglers in…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

While many still theorize that this year has been brutally tough for even veteran salmon anglers, and with only 10,450 fish over the Willamette Falls by March 12, 2016, this is proving to be a low fish number season that makes springer salmon addicts cringe. ODFW North Willamette District Steward Eric Ollerenshaw reports this week,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for May 13th

Eric Ollerenshaw of the ODFW has been kind enough to send catch details from the lower Willamette. We thank Mr. Ollerenshaw for taking the time and making this effort on our behalf. This week he reports, ” May 10th Willamette Falls-Temperature: 62, Visibility: 6.8. May 2-May 8: Willamette River 562 Chinook Kept. This was the first week sampling Clackamas River, with zero…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for May 6th

Willamette level and flow started to increase just a bit today, May 5th, but the water temperature didn’t waver from 61 degrees. We don’t expect much effect to valley streams and rivers from the light showers of today. Spring Chinook passage has improved this week, sending the total as of May 4th over 6,600. Summer…

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Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast April 29, 2016

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – There is very little current in the lower river, even at the Falls. Water flows at Willamette Falls is moderating as water temperatures increase. With daily counts dwindling, over 5,170 winters are now upstream with some venturing to the Middle Fork to catch them. The Fish and…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 22nd

Eric Ollerenshaw of the ODFW has been kind enough to send catch details from the lower Willamette. We thank Mr. Ollerenshaw for taking the time and making this effort on our behalf. 2016 L. Willamette CHS Fishery Summary.pdf 2016 L. Willamette Steelhead Fishery Summary.pdf 2016 L. Willamette Sturgeon Fishery Summary.pdf It’s unfortunate these documents don’t…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 15th

Fishing on the lower Willamette has been a mostly rewarding experience, depending on what specie one is targeting. Sturgeon fishing has rarely disappointed with a similar experience shared by bass fishers. Sure, the springer bite hasn’t been red hot (or even lukewarm for the most part) but time is on our side in this case,…

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