Portland/Metro Oregon Fishing Report – There’s not much to write home about for metro anglers. The Willamette is down and out (as if it ever started here), and the Columbia is closed to salmon, and mediocre at best for summer steelhead and sockeye. The sockeye return was better than expected, but the bulk of the run is well upstream by now, with many fish likely suffering from warm water disease that they’re having to endure on the mainstem. It’s just down time for metro anglers right now, especially with a sub-par summer steelhead return to the region.
It’ll be another month before fall salmon action heats up in the area so most folks will be looking for ocean opportunities this time of year.
Clackamas River Fishing Report – Nothing special here, still a few summer steelhead falling on the upper Clackamas, but it’ll have more rafters than biters with the onset of more warm weather ahead.
There are a few spring Chinook still trickling in, but wild fish biters far outnumber hatchery fish biters.
Sandy River Fishing Report – Jeff Stoeger reports – I hope that you have a chance to get out and fish this week. I went and banked fished the other day and caught a nickel bright springer that went about 15lbs on a blue spinner. There was a good spurt of fish that came into the river over the last week and fish were being caught from Dabney to Cedar Creek.
If you do hook a native fish, please take care of them and don’t drag them up on the sandy beach. Try to tail them in the river and take a quick picture, revive the fish, and make sure it swims away from you freely. So get out and try your luck, there is still some very nice fish to be had.
Check out the lake stocking schedule. Go HERE to see if your favorite is on the list this week. Members on this page here, find the complete Clackamas River fishing report and the Sandy River fishing report.
North Coast Oregon Fishing Report – Salmon fishing is improving out of most central and north coast ports as coho begin to concentrate in preparation for their migration north to the Columbia River. There are still reports of coho pretty far offshore, not dissimilar to last year, which frustrated many fishermen. Chinook remain off-limits south of Cape Falcon. Coho fishing is picking up off of the mouth of the Columbia River as well.
ODF&W has not yet announced if additional time will be allowed for halibut. The re-opener was slated for July 24th if quota remains, we just don’t know if any quota remains.
Bottomfishing remains steady although lingcod action is tapering.
Albacore remain far offshore with anxious anglers awaiting an opportunity to fish for them inside of 30 miles.
Many ocean crab are in the soft-shell state, with little meat recovery despite their size. Bay crabbing isn’t much better with a lot of effort for summer-time crustaceans.
Freshwater opportunities for summer steelhead and spring Chinook are poor. River levels are low and clear. The Nehalem is the exception, where summer Chinook are starting to show in slightly better numbers, but peak season is still about 3 weeks away.
See the full North Coast fishing report and forecast for Members right here.
Upper Willamette River System Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports
Willamette River Bass Action. Upper Willamette Forks Trout. Dexter Reservoir Bass. Detroit Lake Trout and Kokanee.
Alton Baker Canal: Alton Baker was stocked with 900 legal size rainbows this week, and will be stocked with the same next week.
Detroit was stocked during the last week of June with 4,000 trophy trout. Reports mainly continue to be the same – some good trout fishing. There have been some big kokes caught in Detroit over the past week.
Green Peter was stocked end of May with 2,800 legal size trout. Stocking for the season is complete.
Quartzville Creek: Quartzville Creek is open all year, and just stocked last week with 2200 legal size trout at the end of June. Quartzville was stocked again last week.
Junction City Pond: JC Pond was stocked during the last week in May with 1,000 legal size rainbows. Good local option for southern Willamette Valley anglers.
South Santiam Steelhead/Salmon: Reports of good springer fishing continue.
Willamette River – Middle Fork: The Middle Fork flow is currently 2310 CFS – at a good fishing level and dropped since last week.
The Willamette River is at 4,400 CFS at Harrisburg, and has flow/level has dropped since last week. Lower water now, but fishable levels. Anglers have been catching a few steelhead here and there, as some incidental catches. Anglers in the Eugene area are also getting some walleye below the dams in the Willamette system. Steelhead numbers are down from last year.
Dexter Reservoir: Dexter received 3,000 trophy trout during May. Stocking is complete for the spring. Dexter received in total about 12,000 trophy trout this spring, and remains a good option this week.
McKenzie River: The mainstem McKenzie at a 2,110 CFS flowrate at Vida – continued nice fishing levels all around.
Members – find the latest full 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 reports
Deschutes River Caddis Hatches Keep Anglers Happy. Metolius River Golden Stones Still Around. High Lake Action. Columbia River Walleye Angling Remains Good.
Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:
There is a widespread forecasted high in the 90s through much of the high desert into and through the weekend. Higher elevation areas and areas to the west in the Cascades will see highs topping out in the 80s.
The Deschutes Canyon will have temperatures in the high 90s now through the weekend. Perhaps a dip into the high 80s early next week.
Lower Deschutes River: The Lower Deschutes continues with good fishing levels – at typical summertime levels. Flows are currently at 3550 CFS at Madras. Flow is currently at 4,140 at Moody. Water is clear.
Water temperatures near Madras remain in the range from 55 to 57 F, with the range staying consistent through the week. Continues to look like a blend of bottom water and top water from the dam.
Middle Deschutes River: I don’t have new Middle Deschutes reports, although after the previous hot week, afternoon water temperatures may start to get too warm. I do recommend mornings – and expect PMD, PED, and caddis activity.
Upper Deschutes River: Fishing is good. But, be warned, the mosquitoes are feasting on the brave anglers who fish the Upper D. It will likely stay that way through July.
Lake Billy Chinook: Smallmouth bass fishing in the Crooked River Arm is picking up – plugs for the bass, with topwaters very early in the morning and later in the evening.
Crooked River: Crooked River flow are around 250ish CFS – staying at 256 CFS.
Lots of fish. We have continued good reports last week and this week of very good fishing – lots on nymphs.
Fall River: Fish early or fish late. Fall River was stocked with 1000 trophy size trout earlier in June, and was stocked last week of June with the same.
Metolius River: The Met is at normal summer levels – I’ve been finding the wading to be easy. Golden stones are going strong along the upper river. I saw a few downriver, but many more on the upper river down to Gorge area.
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:
Another hot weekend is in store along with some added smoke from a recent wildfire over by Agness. The ocean has been on and off with winds keeping boats in bay a couple days, but when they got out…..bang, fish on! A good variety of bottom/ rock fish and halibut is in store out of Brookings and tuna are fairly close in and biting out of Winchester Bay. Lost creek lake, Fish Lake, Lake of the woods, Howard Prairie, Hyatt Lake and Applegate lakes have been popular “cooler” destinations to fish with good success. The Lower Rogue is getting more and more fish every day but varies day to day of the bite. The mid and upper Rogue River is seeing more Summers caught with some over 22 inches! Bass are on the bite in the mornings and evenings at Lake Selmac. There are plenty of choices for anglers, so enjoy and be very careful of fire.
Bass fishing on the Coquille and S. Umpqua has been good. Pink fin perch are still biting well at Winchester Bay.
The forecast for the weekend looks possible for getting out on the ocean….best in the mornings before winds pick up and will vary depending on where you wanna go out from. Lots of choices for bottom fish and scouting for coho. There is still plenty of halibut quota too! Crabbing is pretty much not worth it since they’re molting now, and razer clamming is also a no go to let them replenish.
The ocean out of Brookings earlier this week was again good for a nice variety of fishy’s
A taste of what Members are seeing in the complete report:
APPLEGATE RESERVOIR: is at 74% and trout fishing has been fair for those anglers out there to fish early.
DIAMOND LAKE: Mornings and late afternoons have been best with some nice ones caught between 16-24 inches lately.
HYATT LAKE: is 50% full and has been stocked with trout. Trout fishing has been slow.
WILLOW LAKE: The lake is near full and there’s plenty of other holdover and recently stocked trout available, as well as yellow perch.
COOS and Coquille RIVER BASIN: Stripped bass are biting in the mid to upper tide water area of the Coquille and around Riverton and Rocky Point in the lower river.
Be safe, be nice and enjoy!
Tight Lines 🎣 – Romer
Jeff’s expanded report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members! There is SO much more.
Read our SW Washington fishing report.