Portland, Oregon Metro Fishing Report – With rivers just now coming into shape, steelheaders will be out in force this week, taking advantage of the warming trend and the onslaught of peak season for broodstock steelhead in the region.
Persistent high water on the Willamette has kept Meldrum Bar plunkers busy, it always fishes best in higher flows. Bells continue to ring, but should start to slow down as the Willamette drops and clears. Wild winter steelhead are already ascending Willamette Falls in better numbers than they were last year.
No sign of spring Chinook just yet, but once the Willamette starts to clear later next week, you can bet there will be Willamette anglers searching.
Clackamas River Fishing Report – The Clackamas is set to go off as flows subside and water temperatures rise. There has been fish caught in the recent few days, and river conditions, along with run timing, should spell a good weekend for Clackamas River steelheaders.
Fish will be well distributed throughout the Clackamas, up to Dog Creek near McIver Park, but don’t overlook the already perfect Eagle Creek for a small stream option. Certainly the mouth of Eagle Creek will produce a few biters on a regular basis throughout the weekend and into next week.
Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports – This past week saw the Sandy blow up to 14ft and was off color for a couple of days. The river is dropping and is currently running at 12.2ft and is forecasted to drop to 10ft over the next few days.
The weather forecast is showing no rain over the next six days. The river temp is running at 43 degrees which is ideal for fish to move and bite. There has been some good action over the entire river from Cedar Creek to the mouth.
The lower river during the cold freeze was the most productive area and the upper river water was too cold and too high and pushed the fish downstream. Fish are now being caught throughout the river.
If your looking for a guide, Jack Glass of team Hookup Guide Service (503-260-2315) has a few open dates. Above is Jack with a steelheader with some nice-looking hatchery fish.
So get out and try your luck and tight lines.
Check out the lake stocking schedule. Go HERE to see if your favorite is on the list this week.Find the full report and forecast for Members on this page here for the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers.
North Coast Fishing Report – North Coast steelheaders will be coming into their own this weekend. The Wilson produced fairly good results on Thursday (2/1) and will likely produce good catches on Friday as well. The bite is likely to taper by the weekend, but upper river anglers should have a good shot at fresh fish for much of the week.
The Nestucca should start fishing over the weekend. It holds its water a bit longer than the Wilson does, but the bite should be good for much of the weekend and well into next week. Excitement is running higher this season, as it appears as if the run is larger than what we’ve seen in recent years.
Buzz Ramsey pictured with Angler West’s TV host Justin Wolff and fishing with friend Nick Laviolette on the Wilson today, February 1st. The group caught 3 nice steelhead, of which two were hatchery fish.
The Siletz and to a lesser extent the Alsea should also have returns of broodstock fish available to anglers.
The smaller, early season systems are about done. There are a few bright fish and the North Fork Nehalem recycled about 150 winter steelhead back downriver this week for anglers to have another crack at. Workers have also stocked excess steelhead into Vernonia Pond and Lost Lake (Nehalem Basin) for anglers to try for.
The Necancium, Big and Gnat Creek as well as the Klaskanine Rivers should all have steelhead that are on their way out. None-the-less, they remain available for anglers to catch and become quite snappy after the spawn.
Wild steelhead should also start showing up in nearly every north coast basin this month and next.
East winds will be knocking down the ocean swell, but not so much that it’ll be a comfortable ride anytime soon. Lingcod action is sure to be great, sea bass too, but the commercial crabbers have the market cornered as we’re in full bloom for their effort.
Biologists will be coming out with a more detailed ocean coho outlook around mid-month. Ocean coho were fairly elusive for anglers last year as they seem to be feeding in the deeper ocean, not so much in the nearshore as they have historically done.
Members, see the full North Coast Report and Forecast for Members right here.
Geoff Nelson was with pro guide Chris Vertopoulos (503-349-1377) on Thursday, February 1st, when Chris netted this quality broodstock fish from a “north coast stream.” This was one of 3 fish the group hooked while bobber doggin this river.
Upper Willamette River System Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports
Mid-Willamette Ponds And Lakes Are Being Stocked. Coastal River Steelhead Conditions Improving.
Note the general season closed to trout angling on October 31. Lakes are open all year unless noted in the regulations. Waters listed below are open – as always, check the latest regulations.
Alton Baker Canal: Alton Baker was stocked with 700 legal size rainbows in November and will be stocked again next week with 1,250 legal size trout.
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit is currently at 1516.7 feet – Detroit up over the past week. Mongold is accessible. Check the water levels here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv?site_no=14180500
Some nice trout being caught through the first half of January, before the snow and ice. More access now.
Green Peter Reservoir: Low water but continuing to rise. Muddy. Closed.
There are reports in the news of large fish kills in and around Green Peter, with large numbers of floating fish. More on this later as the investigation continues, with some reports of kokes down deep being affected by the rapid emptying of the reservoir.
Quartzville Creek: Quartzville Creek is open all year, and just stocked in October with 2200 legal size trout. Stocking is complete for the season. Quartzville dropped from being blown out to 1100 CFS and fishable.
EE Wilson Pond: EE Wilson pond was stocked this week (Jan 29th) with 1,250 legal size rainbows and will be stocked again next week.
South Santiam Steelhead/Salmon: Closed to trout. High and muddy.
South Santiam Trout: Closed season for trout.
North Santiam Coho: North Santiam is high – blown out at 11,100 CFS at the time of this writing.
Foster Reservoir: Muddy – off color but improving. Foster was stocked during late September with 3000 legal size trout. Foster is currently at 620 feet – lower than the last report but should start rising. The water levels are reported here:
Willamette River – Middle Fork: The Middle Fork flow is currently 14,100 CFS – high water. Dropping flows in the forecast.
Flows higher up at Oakridge are still too high currently- at 10,600 CFS at the time of this writing. Watch for a level around 2,500 CFS and below at Oakridge.
There were reports of earlier success below Dexter Reservoir of good walleye catches, using jigs.
Willamette River – From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany:
The Willamette River is blown out at 33,800 CFS at Harrisburg at the time of this writing, but dropping. .
Dexter Reservoir: Was stocked in October with 2,530 trophy trout.Dexter received 3,000 trophy trout during May. Stocking is complete for the spring. Bass fishing is still good.
Dorena Reservoir: Dorena was stocked earlier this month with 1,270 trophy size trout.
McKenzie River: The McKenzie at Vida is blown out at 10,300 CFS.
As the flow drops, nymphing will be the key. See the nymph selection below and keep some blue and purple perdigons in mind as winter flies.
Alsea River: Levels spiked but are becoming very good again. There have been anglers fishing even in high water conditions with many reports of good success.
Members – find the latest complete report and forecast as well as past reports for Members on the Willamette Valley/Metro start on this page here.
Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus report
Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:
Warm weather will give way to more seasonable temperatures. Night time temperatures will bottom out in the 30s tonight, and start to dip into the 20s on the weekend. Some cold spots
Temperatures will mainly be steady, peaking in the low to mid-40s through much of the high desert from today and into next week. There is a chance of come rain and snow showers on Monday. There will be cloud cover most days, with Saturday being the sunniest over the next several days.
Lower Deschutes River: The Lower D is blown out. I noted the high water on an end of season chukar hunt the other day. The flow at Moody is 11,100 CFS at the time of this writing. Level started going up on Jan 27th, and staying steady over the past few days.
Middle Deschutes River: Flows are up and kind of high. Fishing and access into the water is best around Steelhead Falls. There have been some good catches – active fish over the past week (before the weather set in)
Nymphing is always working well – euronymphing with perdigons, and I would also use some caddis pupa patterns and general PMD/mayfly nymphs.
Recommended flies include:
Nymphs – Hare’s Ears (14-18), Spanish Bullet (16-18), Duracells (16-18), Perdigons (various colors) (16-18)
Dries – MicroChubbies (16-18), Purple Haze (16-20), HiVis BWO (!6-20)
Upper Deschutes River: Closed as of now.
Haystack Reservoir: ODFW started stocking fish, including some rainbow broodstock to begin rebuilding after the drawdown last year. Leeches – balanced leeches are taking fish.
Lake Billy Chinook:
Metolius Arm is closed.
Fish are getting more active and fly anglers are getting in on the action. Think leeches and streamers thrown to the shore.
Crooked River: Crooked River flows are high. Drove by yesterday and high water in Smith River St Park – with flows of 1660 CFS at the time of this writing.
Members can always see so much more in the complete report as well as the forecast for central Oregon by starting right here.
SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:
Winter Steelhead Options Improving
As anglers have been putting their effort into tying up rigs and organizing tackle boxes while steelhead rivers have been blown out, the near future outlook is promising. I can’t predict the weather (who can?), but forecasted predictions are in favor of a let up of storms allowing our fishing options to be much more favorable. This last atmospheric river event blew out most fishing options and ocean opportunities. This weekend is looking a bit brighter as many rivers are dropping into high, but fishable condition. Best bet options will be the mid to upper Rogue river, Applegate, Elk (and maybe Sixes), Coos, Coquille (N& S forks), Millicoma, and the N & S Umpqua. Although they might not be in ideal condition, they should be fishable with winter steelhead in.
The mid to upper Rogue will be high but dropping into better fishing conditions. Angler success will be more for boaters working plugs and bobber dogging soft beads along the near shore seams. Plunkers along some of the gravel bars could also find fish. Conditions will improve into next week.
The North and South Umpqua should be fishable for the weekend utilizing high water tactics plunking and/ or boating it. The main Umpqua is iffy with better chances further up.
Outlook for the Chetco is bleak for the weekend, but it’s dropping and mid to latter next week will be prime conditions. A possible bet for plunkers up river.
The Elk and Sixes should also fish decent this weekend with the Elk best Saturday and Sixes dropping to fishable state Sunday. Reports of good numbers of fish are present.
The ocean is a no go due to more blustery conditions and bay crabbing will be off for some time with all the fresh water and debris dumping into them.
The Coos and Coquille and Millicoma systems are improving and weekend conditions look favorable.
Tight Lines 🎣 – Romer
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