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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – July 23rd

From the ODFW: WILLAMETTE ZONE ANGLING HOUR RESTRICTIONS: Beginning Saturday, July 18, 2015 until further notice, all waterbodies defined as ‘streams’ in the 2015 Oregon Sports Fishing Regulations will be closed to angling for trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon from 2 P.M. to one hour before sunrise, daily. The following areas will remain open for…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report July 17th

Angling for trout salmon, steelhead and sturgeon will be prohibited at all times in the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls, including the Clackamas River up to the Interstate 205 Bridge, the Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River. At 2,000 cfs, the McKenzie remains low but fishable. The entire Santiam system is at summer level…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report July 10th – July 16th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – This writer didn’t look back over previous years of data to see if there was record of Willamette Falls flow at less than the current 5,730 cfs but that’s the low. To further complicate the situation, current water temperature is 81 degrees. Needless to say but said…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

On July 1st, counts at Willamette Falls reflected the story well for anglers sweltering in unseasonable-even-for-July heat. Zeros across the board; nothing moved. Is it any wonder? Feel that bead of sweat trickling down the side of your neck? Actually there was some summer steelhead movement as the passage of a single steelhead was recorded…

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Willamette Valley Fishing Report

Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River Fishing Report- The longest day of the year in this part of the country was Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 9:39 AM PDT. That’s also the official first day of summer in case the thermometer outside or the sweat on your brow wasn’t proof enough. Water temperatures at Willamette Falls have…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast June 19th – June 25th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Not being one for the tedium of statistics research, this writer looked back over only five years’ data for past cumulative steelhead counts at Willamette Falls in mid June. This ain’t a good year. No news to any of you, huh. Those of us who have tried…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Fish passage at Willamette Falls continues to be somewhat of an enigma. While hundreds of spring Chinook passing daily have pushed to cumulative total to the neighborhood of 47,000, a remarkable number exceeding early-season predictions, steelhead totals are a yawn-inspiring figure lower than 2,000. Summer numbers this low certainly makes tributary steelhead a challenge. While…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for June 5th

Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, will be Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend for 2015. No licenses or tags are required to pursue any fish, bivalve, shrimp or carb critters. Expect to see a some additional participants wherever you fish as new anglers try their hand at our favorite sport and enthusiasts show friends and…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Fishing Report and Forecast May 29th – June 4th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Lower Willamette conditions have changed little over the past week according to data sensors at the Falls although the water temperature has unsurprisingly crept up a bit to 64 degrees. Count on it being higher than that as one measures downriver below the Falls as clear skies…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast May 22nd – May 28th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – In the first couple of weeks or so in the month of May there were 10 days during which over a thousand springers crossed Willamette Falls. Counts are lagging behind a week or so but extrapolating the numbers, one could safely assume that 40,000 or so Chinook…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Over 1,000 spring Chinook adults were counted per day for the first eight days of May. On the ninth (the last date of available data) the daily count dropped to 870. Still the cumulative total as of that date was just over 29,000, a pretty impressive number. Consider that last year’s total for the season…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Willamette River Fishing Report – About 2,700 adult spring Chinook were counted on the last day of April while the first two days of May, counters say over 1,200 and 1,300 respectively. The cumulative total as of the 2nd of May (the latest data available) was a staggering 20,221. Compare that to 3,124 on that…

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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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