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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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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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