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Willamette River Fishing Report January 25th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s a chocolate mess on the Willamette River right now, but falling and clearing through the weekend. That said, there won’t be much opportunity in the high, roily waters this weekend, not even for plunkers: Sturgeon anglers can steal the show however, as much as one can do this time of…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 18th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – About what you’d expect for this time of year, not much going on even though water conditions are conducive for all kinds of fishing. It’s early for spring Chinook, but some anglers are out trying, to no avail however. That won’t change in the near future, especially given the river…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 11th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Another rise in Willamette River levels has some spooked as more debris and turbid waters have once again return to the drainage. That may have an affect on steelhead fishing, as if it was worthwhile in the first place, but sturgeon fishing remains strong. The Willamette is slated to drop…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 4th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much has changed in the Willamette, with high flows and turbid water. Flows have dropped down from last week’s previous high however, but we’re in for another wallop later next week. Plunkers have been relatively quiet on Meldrum Bar, even though there are some Clackamas River steelhead hitting…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 28th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Willamette flows are subsiding, allowing steelheaders interested in working Meldrum Bar a chance at Clackamas River bound steelhead. Of course there are steelhead that are bound for upper Willamette tributaries too, but that run remains depressed with the hit they’ve taken by sea lions in recent years. That will change…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 21st, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – The river has taken a recent jump and is expected to rise once again following the weekend deluge. With not much to fish for on the Willamette, there isn’t much at stake anyway. There  has been some steelhead effort at Meldrum Bar, but catches have been next to zero, especially…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 14th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Same story, different day… Sturgeon fishing remains great, few people are doing it. Frozen anchoives, smelt, squid or fresh shrimp will do the trick. Meldrum Bar has yet to put out much in the way of steelhead catches, but effort is light. As the Willamette drops from the current rise,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 7th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Nothing new to report in the Willamette River. Sturgeon fishing remains good in the lower reaches, and plunkers remain largely unsuccessful along Meldrum Bar for steelhead and late returning coho. Higher flows should stimulate action at Meldrum for steelhead, but since we’re still weeks away from peak season, one can…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 30th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Sturgeon will be the mainstay for mainstem Willamette River anglers, but don’t overlook Meldrum Bar right now if you’ve got nothing else better to do than pursue a rare early season steelhead; there has been at least one steelhead caught in the lower Clackamas River. You already know the story…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 22nd, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Nothing new to report here, sturgeon fishing in the Portland Harbor is good and should remain that way. It may not be long before the first winter steelhead is taken at Meldrum Bar, but not likely this week. The river is low and clear, and devoid of fish, although sea…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 16th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much going on here, with the exception of lower river sturgeon. Fresh sand shrimp, smelt or squid remain top options for bait. The season’s first spring Chinook is still months away. Target sturgeon downstream of the Fremont Bridge. There is a ray of hope for the Willamette however.…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 9th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’ll be a sturgeon show for quite some time. With the coho all upstream and steelhead still months away, anglers will remain focused on Portland Harbor sturgeon for the foreseeable future. You know the routine, use fresh sand shrimp or smelt if you can find it. Squid is a good…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 1st, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – With coho mostly through the system, and steelhead still many weeks away, the Willamette River focus is on sturgeon, and not much has changed this week. Effort is spreading out a bit more, with folks fishing from the falls to the mouth of the Willamette, catching and releasing sturgeon. If…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 26th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Sturgeon fishing remains an option for those wanting good action on sand shrimp and smelt. The river downstream of Fremont Bridge will remain the best option. There are fair numbers of nice-sized fish there. Willamette Falls has passed over 2,000 adult coho salmon and over 2,500 jacks. Better news for…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 19th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Much of the interest has tapered after the bulk of the hatchery coho have made their way upstream in the Clackamas River and upstream of the falls (where most are wild anyway). You CAN keep any coho upstream of Willamette Falls, but all wild coho must be released downstream of…

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