Oregon Fishing Report – Portland Metro Area
Willamette River spring Chinook action is finally tapering at the mouth of the Willamette and lower Multnomah Channel. With the spring Chinook run largely complete and summer Chinook numbers tapering at Bonneville, the Willamette fishery is effectively over.
Coho will arrive in early September.
Clackamas River Fishing Report
Not surprisingly, not much has changed for Clackamas River anglers. Flows are low, the water is warm and the fish are spooked, what few fish are present that is.
Effort remains light and creel check season is over, but persistent anglers are still pursuing summer steelhead in the system.
Sandy River Fishing Report
Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “Hello All. This week report is short and sweet. Last week most of the action was taking place from mid-river to the hatchery. Spinners, jigs tipped with shrimp and eggs were the tickets for success. The river is still running glacial green with lots of algae and weeds growing on the bottom of the river. You will have to check your rigs often to make sure there clear of weeds.
Find the full report and forecast for Chinook and Steelhead members for the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.
North Oregon Coast Fishing Report
With the reported hot coho bite still happening off the Central and North Coast Ports, anglers remain focused on their saltwater options.
Although success rates tapered slightly in recent days, limits remain quite feasible for those still willing to put in some work, especially those willing to get an early jumpstart on their ocean adventure.
Newport remains a relative hotspot, but Depoe Bay, Pacific City and Garibaldi both remain strong options for those seeking a simple saltwater success story for coho. Chinook are also showing in the catches but remain just a fraction of the overall retained catch for these ports.
Updated chinook and coho catches by port can be found HERE. We are far from attaining any quotas for
the Oregon coast so keep fishing with confidence.
Halibut fishing remains challenging out of most Oregon ports. It seems they may just not have migrated this far south and high numbers this year. Things can change for this fishery however but as of now, halibut fishing is highly inconsistent. The next all depth opportunity is July 29 – 31. Hopefully the weather cooperates.
Freshwater fishing is in the tank. Summer steelhead remains an option on the Siletz, Nestucca, Three Rivers and Wilson, but all these systems have been poorly performing all summer. Spring Chinook are starting to darken and given the mediocre return, should be left alone.
Commercial boats are bringing in albacore tuna, but larger schools of “albies” remain a bit too far offshore for most to get intrigued.
Most northern and central ports are reporting a large percentage of soft-shell crab in their catches. It might be best to wait a few weeks.
See the full report and forecast for Members for Chinook and Steelhead Members right here.
Central Oregon Fishing Reports
Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports
Lower Deschutes River:
The river temperatures changed again, and this time not for the better of all of the salmonids in the river, as the temperature went up over the past week. This is not a total surprise as I was told that PGE dropped the temperatures last week because of some ongoing maintenance activity. Temperatures near the mouth are in the low 70s during the afternoons, much to warm for fishing for salmonids. Nearer to the dam the temperatures are 58 to 59 degrees.
Middle Deschutes River: The Grandview fire, thankfully, is under control and more of the Middle Deschutes is accessible.
Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes has been fishing well, with nymphing being the primary method now.
Lake Billy Chinook: Reports of good kokanee fishing in both the Deschutes and Metolius arms. Jigging with gold and silver colors.
Crooked River: Crooked River is best fished now in the mornings only, if you must fish it.
Fall River: Spring fed Fall River continues to be one of the better trout refuges with towering ponderosas providing shade and constant, cool water. This is a popular summer weekend location. Jeff Perin at The Fly Fishers Place in Sisters reports some recent good dry fly fishing with good caddis and PMD hatches.
Hosmer: If fishing Hosmer, stay in the Upper Lake and channel. The lower lake will be too warm.
North and South Twin Lakes: Josh at Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports great fishing! North and South Twin have been recently stocked with trophy rainbows. Crane Prairie Reservoir: Bass fishing is still good, but slowed down from the red hot reports of recent weeks.
Wickiup Reservoir: Reports from Tim’s Fly Fishin Tackle shop are that Wickiup is slow for kokanee, but brown trout and rainbow trout fishing is good.
East Lake: Trout fishing is good from all reports from the fly shops and Tim’s in Lapine. Fishing from browns has been the standout.
Check out Glenn’s detailed report and forecast in this week’s paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!
SW Oregon Fishing Report
Contributor Jeff Rome reports
Be sure to CHECK the regulations! Latest reports from Winchester to Coos Bay ports are saying the Coho bite is on and limits within 2 hours have been the norm lately. Apparently these fish are the ones that are migrating north to the Columbia that were previously producing a good bite at Brookings.
The Rogue Bay has been on and off for Chinook. Winds for the upcoming weekend are going to make any ocean fishing challenging.
Andy from Brookings Fishing Charters (541-813-1082) reports that the salmon bite has slowed some as the first bunch of fish are making their way North and are currently biting well out of ports from Coos Bay up to Yaquina Bay. Winds have made the ocean a bit rough, but fishable and this weekend’s outlook isn’t good with some gale warnings out of Brookings.. Rock fish angling has been decent and salmon fishing has been okay close to the buoys when able to get out. Earlier this week Andy heard of a nice halibut caught out of Brookings, but still not much pressure due to the winds.
Tony from Tony from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon (541-347-2875) said that Coho fishing out of Winchester Bay is continuing to be awesome!
Bradley Lake – Largemouth bass can be found in shallower water near weed lines or submerged trees during low light periods of the day. On bright, sunny days most largemouth bass will move to deeper water or in shadows of cover.
Tenmile Lakes– The lake water temperatures has increased to lower 70s where most largemouth bass have moved to their summer locations.
Surf perch- Perch fishing is still decent in the mouths and jetties of the Umpqua, Coquille! Boats targeting these delicious and fun to catch fish are anchoring on the inside of a jetty.
Applegate reservoir– early birds will catch trout before noon in at least 30′ of water. Power bait just off the bottom or trolling worms will catch fish. With increased pressure, fish early to avoid late day crowds and wind.
Diamond Lake-Trout fishing has slowed a bit but has been producing some very nice 16″-24″trout this year.
CHETCO RIVER – Trout fishing is open, but with low and warming water conditions, anglers will want to look for cooler water in deeper pools and near tributary mouths.
COQUILLE RIVER BASIN – Boat anglers are still catching a few shad on the mainstem Coquille River near the town of Coquille. Anglers have been catching striped bass in the upper end of tidewater all the way downstream to Riverton and are caught in low light conditions or in the dark.
Salmon fishing in the Rogue Bay has produced sporadic “hot then not” days. Catches lately have reduced to 18-23 fish/ day.
UMPQUA RIVER System– Shad on the Coquille is winding down now. Shad darts (jigs) and flicker spinner spoons are the ticket for great catching on light outfits.
Check out Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s paid version for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!
SW Washington Fishing Update
By Terry Otto
Ocean coho is the best bet for the coming week, with all Columbia fisheries slowing. Tributaries fishing slow, while high country trout good. Panfish great everywhere.
Vancouver Metro Area
Chinook, sockeye, and steelhead are all slowing in the Columbia, and mark rates are poor for the Chinook and steelhead. Fishing the Columbia in the immediate Vancouver area has been slow. With shad over, too, boat anglers will want to head to the salt for the best action this week by fishing for ocean coho off Long Beach.
High country trout lakes are picking up, with many of them fishing really good right now. The only thing biting better than the trout are the mosquitos.
Lewis and Washougal Rivers Fishing report—There is not too much going on in the Lewis River, with only a very few steelhead coming to hand. Fishing pressure did pick up recently, but anglers have been mostly disappointed. John Thompson of Sportsman’s Warehouse in Vancouver, (360) 604-8000), has heard sporadic reports of steelhead coming to hand, but those have been very few and far between. During the latest creel survey, 36 bank rods had no catch, while. six boats/10 rods kept one steelhead. Conditions in the river are good, with the river running at about the 10.2-foot stage.
The Washougal remains very low and ultra-clear, and there have been no recent reports from steelheaders. If anyone is actually fishing the river, they are keeping quiet. However, given the conditions and the poor returns of summer steelhead elsewhere, savvy anglers are fishing elsewhere.
Merwin and Yale Lakes Fishing Report-– Fishing is still described as fair to good in both lakes by a number of sources, and the competition is still very high at Merwin. Sunny days are seeing a good bite in early morning and late day, and the schools can be found near the 20-foot mark early, and dropping down as deep as 60 feet when the sun climbs mid-day.
Local Lakes Fishing Report—There is a very good catfish bite going on in Vancouver Lake, but anglers should be aware of the possibility of blue-green algae blooms, especially with warmer weather forecast for this weekend. Keep pets and yourself out of the water if the warning signs are posted, but the fish are supposed to be safe to eat. Lacamas Lake is fishing well for yellow perch and largemouth bass.
Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers Fishing Report–The Barrier Dam spillway upgrade construction project is taking place through Oct. 1. Please note that the Cowlitz River outflows will be capped at 2,500 cfs for approximately three weeks in July to accommodate the requirements of the project.
Fishing slowed a little this past week on the Cowlitz River, although it is still fishing better for steelhead than any other Columbia River tributary.
The Kalama is still fishing slow for summer steelhead. During the last creel survey 19 bank rods had no catch. The summer steelhead that are around are keyed in on bait and plugs right now.
Check out Terry’s detailed report (he crushes it every week!) and forecast in this week’s paid version for SW Washington Members!
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