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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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Willamette River Fishing Report November 15th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report November 15th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s a sturgeon show now, and not many people are taking advantage of the catch and release opportunities. Coho are mostly over, and winter steelhead have yet to arrive. The best piece of good news here is there isn’t a bevy of hungry sea lions at Willamette Falls to greet…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast November 8th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – The coho run on the Willamette is slowing down dramatically. The bulk of the run is over the falls, and providing some sport for upper basin anglers, but it’s a fishery that few have figured out. It’s effectively over for Willamette River coho. Catch and release sturgeon fishing should be…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 1st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With coho passage at Willamette Falls on the decline, interest and success is starting to taper. There are over 7,100 coho over Willamette Falls at this time so holding areas upstream of the mouth of the Tualatin should produce results for persistent anglers. As for the Oregon City area, the…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Just when I called it a season on the Willamette, coho continue to cross Willamette Falls in respectable number. To date, over 6,600 adults have bypassed Willamette Falls, and although numbers are supposed to taper, I didn’t expect to see triple digit passage this time of year, based on historical…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – The bulk of the coho run is over Willamette Falls, but some days, over 100 adults are still passing this barrier. That’s a viable enough number to keep anglers interested in the above falls fisheries at the mouths of the Tualatin, Molalla and Santiam Rivers. Fish are well distributed throughout…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, I finally checked another fishery off of my bucket list. The above Willamette Falls coho fishery didn’t necessarily impress me, but I could see its potential. I’ll go a bit more into my research in a bit. Myself and two friends headed out from the West Linn Boat Ramp…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 4th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well here’s some news you can’t get from the not-up-to-date Willamette Falls counts for coho. Counts according to fish passage statistics are around 1,800 fish, but this is from the ODF&W recreation report: Coho salmon crossings at Willamette Falls are steadily increasing, pushing up to 300 fish a day in…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report September 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With many realizing the banner coho return originally forecast isn’t going to come to fruition, anglers will lose the will to innovate their way to success (or at least I will). The mouth of the Clackamas and to a lesser degree Meldrum Bar should still produce an occasional keeper, but…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 20th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report September 20th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much to write home about here, but coho are entering the river in great numbers. Coho passage at Willamette Falls is also jumping, opening up opportunity for catch and keep fishing of all coho in that reach (above Willamette Falls that is). Effort remains light (but increasing) at…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report September 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – There should be fair and building numbers of coho in the Willamette River. There are a few who set up just downstream of the mouth of the Clackamas, soaking eggs near the bottom and pick up fair numbers of fish. That should be the case this year but downstream anglers…

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