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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – After a slight bump early this week, the Willamette is dropping back down to a nice level and spring Chinook anglers have been fast after it again late this week. Springers are being caught nearly every day, with Sellwood and the Milwaukie area prime places to target for rare early…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 14th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report February 14th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – With the season’s first spring Chinook reported from Wednesday of this week, anglers will experience a sense of heightened excitement and this weekend gives many a reason to be enthused. First of all, you can fish for free. Second of all, there are spring Chinook in the river, and they…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 7th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – I think folks know the story here, the Willamette remains high and muddy, and won’t be coming down into fishable shape in the very near future. We’re expecting another bump over the weekend, and then a gradual fall after mid-week. We’re still many days away from dreaming of a Willamette…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 31st, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – You might know where this is going. High, colored water kept anglers off the water and for good reason. There’s no reason to be on it. It’s too high and frankly a bit dangerous and fish would likely be fairly scattered for the catching. It’d be a pity of the…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 24th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – No love in sight… With the Willamette River just now starting to rise, it won’t get any more fishable in the near future. Rest assured however, when it does clear, the Sultan of Sellwood and his fellow anglers will be in pursuit of the season’s first spring Chinook, likely to…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 17th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report January 17th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast – Big, brown and not very fishy this week. I’m not sure anyone fished the high, roily water and if they did, they certainly spent some time dodging debris. On the good news front, there have not been any sightings of California Sea Lions to date. The Stellar variety…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 10th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – With a sharp rise in river levels, anglers weren’t out in force this week, most likely in pursuit of sturgeon on the lower river. Sturgeon should be spread throughout the lower river, from Milwaukie downstream and the winter months are a good time to pursue some catch and release opportunities.…

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Show up for Salmon

Nearly 20 years ago, we (Bob Rees and brother Doug) started The Guide’s Forecast to bring a community of anglers together in what we thought would be a platform for advocacy for Pacific Northwest Fisheries. Although we’ve certainly enjoyed bringing you the most complete and accurate fishing information and forecast for all these years, I…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 3rd, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Despite some rain systems that have come through the region, the Willamette River has remained stable recently. There has been increasing effort for sturgeon, from Oregon City into the Portland Harbor. Catches remain fair and there is a pod of Stellar Sea Lions building in the Milwaukie area, undoubtedly targeting…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report December 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – After a roily ride of a river rise, not much has changed, but the river is back on the drop so expect steelhead to respond to more favorable passage conditions at Willamette Falls. To date, passage remains under 100 fish, but there is some catch-up counts to do so counts…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 20th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report December 20th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, the river will start to see a significant rise come the weekend so those that have been hitting it for catch and release sturgeon fishing will see some blown out conditions coming in the very near future. It’s been good in the Portland Harbor and likely will continue to…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report December 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s awful lonely out there. Despite good water conditions for steelhead and sturgeon, interest for either species is not at an all time high. One friend stated that he had heard an abnormal number of splashes that sounded more steelhead-like than sturgeon. He lives just a bit downstream of Meldrum…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 6th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s all about the sturgeon right now. We’re still early for winter steelhead although there are certainly come in the system, likely in the Oregon City area. They don’t know what to do with themselves with the low water (likely preventing them from crossing Willamette Falls) and no sea lions…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report November 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – You’d have to be pretty motivated to dig into catch and release sturgeon fishing on the lower Willamette. There has been minimal effort and therefore, few reports are coming in about how the fishing actually is. Fall fishing for sturgeon here can be good and it should be picking up…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 22nd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Looking through the historical jack counts, it appears that jack counts are not a reliable indicator if the following year’s adult returns. That said, I’ve heard managers mention that jack counts look as if they are underperforming this year. It was a good return this year, but far from some…

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