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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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Steelhead Starting with CR Sturgeon Looking Good

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – While data readings at Willamette Falls indicate the level dropping and the water clearing, this is due to change. Keep in mind that, due to the mass of water in the Willamette, change will take place more slowly than in tributaries and other valley rivers, as will…

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Steelhead Counts Start to Pick Up

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Flows have continued to drop at Willamette Falls as water visibility gradually improves. Water temperature have rising from the high 30s to the low 40s. Daily winter steelhead counts are starting to pick up but few that 300 had been counted as of January 8th.…

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Action for plunkers

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – After cresting at 101,000 cfs at the Falls on Christmas day, the Willamette River started to drop. The last available reading online of 78,800 is December 30th. Despite the reduction in flow, visibility remains at less than a foot and that’s just fine for sturgeon…

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Sturgeon fishing might be it on the Willamette

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Water level of the Willamette at the Falls has been rising and falling over the past couple of weeks. It will likely be coming up once again following rain this week. Winter steelhead are crossing the Falls at an increasing, albeit still modest pace, for…

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Catch and release sturgeon is the only game

The Willamette River level has been dropping at the Falls but that will soon change. Coho have all but disappeared from counts although 77 winter steelhead have been counted. These will all be wild at this time of year. Water level and flow has been dropping recently on the McKenzie River but we are confident…

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Bonneville numbers remain depressed

Bonneville numbers remain depressed as we enter the winter blues. If you’re into wildlife watching, go to the Bonneville area and watch the Stellar Sea Lions chow down on your broodstock sturgeon; it’s epic this time of year. Sorry, is my frustration playing out? Warmer temperatures may produce some coho catches in the gorge but…

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