Portland/Metro Oregon Fishing Report – With the Willamette nearly barren of all salmonids, anglers don’t have much to target in the Willamette, other than winter sturgeon, which often take refuge in the warmer waters of the Willamette as the mainstem Columbia continues to cool down.
Upriver, there will be some consumptive opportunity for sturgeon after the new year, but trollers working the mouth of the Klickitat are still scoring a few late-run coho salmon.
It’ll be fairly quiet around the Portland/Metro area, until more robust numbers of steelhead start showing around mid-January, and the season’s first spring Chinook in late January or more likely February.
Photo above: Mike Brown of Newberg was fishing with pro guide Chris Vertopoulos (503-349-1377) on November 13 when this Chinook hit his MagLip on a well known north coast river.
Clackamas River Fishing Report – Late season coho continue to show in good numbers, but there isn’t much to take home from this watershed this late in the season. There are wild winter steelhead showing at the North Fork facility, but catchable numbers of hatchery fish are still many weeks away.
Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
This is the week that a lot of folks start their winter steelhead season since they get a few days off from work. I have heard of one native caught in Oxbow Park and the more the season progresses, the more fish will be arriving.
The coho season is coming to a close with a little over 4,000 fish returning to the hatchery and just over a hundred summer steelhead. The river is running clear with good visibility and the water temp is 46 degrees. The river will be dropping because the rain forecast is for later next week.
If you get tired of watching football and stuffing yourself with turkey, grab your rod and take crack at a early winter steelhead.
Enjoy your time with friends and family and hope to see you out on the river and best of luck and tight lines.
North Coast Fishing Report – Anglers have largely given up on pursuing fall Chinook on the north coast, but there are a few still coming from the Trask River on the north coast, and the Siletz return has been robust as well. It’s getting late for these two systems, but the traditional streams, the Wilson and Kilchis, aren’t putting out good numbers of fall Chinook.
Winter steelhead have been caught on the NF Nehalem and Wilson River systems, but it’s still way early to put in any amount of time to pursue the few that are present. There may also be a late-returning hatchery broodstock coho on the NF Nehalem or Trask River systems too, so watch for fin-clips if you snare one of those.
The Nestucca is a biological wasteland, at least for fall Chinook.
The east wind influence may knock down the ocean swell, at least the frequency. High seas are still in the forecast, but the frequency is spaced far apart. Winter ocean recreation calls for extreme planning and caution however.
Bay crabbing is still good in many north coast estuaries, especially the lower Columbia. Tides are becoming more extreme however, so be very cautious.
If the swell tames, late afternoon/early evening minus tides should be good for clamming.
Upper Willamette River System Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports
McKenzie River Flows Are Good – Some BWO Hatches. Mid-Valley Ponds Just Stocked
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 this week.
Detroit Reservoir: Detroit is currently at 1472 – Detroit has been dropping and looks pretty low. Mongold is accessible. Check the water levels here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv?site_no=14180500No new fishing reports this past week. Of course, the recent cold front is affecting conditions on Detroit.
Green Peter Reservoir: 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 is dropping and currently at 272 CFS at the time of this writing. Good fishing levels right now.
Junction City Pond: JC Pond was stocked this week with 1,000 legal trout.
Timber Linn Park Pond: Was stocked with 1,000 legal size rainbows this week.
South Santiam Steelhead/Salmon: Closed to trout. Small numbers of steelhead are present in the South Santiam. Chinook, however, is better – looking 4367 at Foster on August 29.
North Santiam Coho: Flow came up over the past day – as of the time of this writing, the North Santiam at Mehema is 2650 CFS. Great numbers of Coho in the Willamette system right now, and it’s primetime on the North Santiam for coho.
Foster Reservoir: Foster was stocked during late September with 3000 legal size trout. Foster is now dropping, currently at 616. feet. The water levels are reported here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv?site_no=14186600
Willamette River – Middle Fork: It’s a great time on the Middle Fork. The Middle Fork flow is currently 4,160 CFS – coming up this past week, and a little high.
Willamette River – From Harrisburg, to Corvallis, to Albany:
The Willamette River is at 7,350 CFS at Harrisburg at the time of this writing. It’s come up in recent days. Not ideal, but certainly fishable with gear. Anglers have been catching a few steelhead here and there, as some incidental catches.
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.
McKenzie River: The lower portions of the McKenzie have been fishing well recently.
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 reports
Metolius and Fall Rivers Best Bets. Lower Deschutes Fishing Well for Trout.
Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:
A cold front is present through Friday, with highs in the upper thirties on Friday. We’ll have a cold start to Saturday and temperatures will make it to forty. The high desert will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 40s on Sunday and into early next week.
Lower Deschutes River: I was on the Deschutes last week below Maupin for a while and found the levels very good. The Lower Deschutes continues with good fishing levels. Water temperatures have been in the lower 50s.
Steelhead are throughout the river – that said, I was out on a float for a couple of days last week between Maupin and Macks Canyon. We swung hard for steelies for two days and had one grab on the second day.
Middle Deschutes River: Flows are up. Fishing is quite good – with some anglers catching good numbers of fish. Fishing and access into the water is best around steelhead falls. Nymphing is always working well.
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.
Lake Billy Chinook: Metolius Arm is closed. Fish are getting more active and fly anglers are getting in on the action.
Crooked River: Crooked River flows are at 100 CFS currently. BWO hatches are going and will be the main hatch from now through the winter. Midges are also important.
Fall River: Fall River was stocked with 500 trophy trout last month. The seasonal shift to BWOs and midges is on now. Jeff Perin recommends carrying all types of BWOs.
Metolius River: There is some good BWO action on the surface during the early afternoons. The bulls are getting more active and after the kokes. Bull trout are present throughout the river, even all the way up in the deeper pools up to Allingham.
Wickiup Reservoir: Closed.
Hosmer: Remains open but is no longer accessible. North section of Cascade Lakes Highway has officially been closed for the season.
North and South Twin Lakes: These lakes will be some of the go to lakes over the next several weeks when accessible.
Prineville Reservoir: The reservoir is at 58 % full as of today. No new reports, but trout fishing will be good.
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:
Jeff is enjoying family this week so see last week for still pertinent information!
Read this week’s SW Washington fishing report.