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Willamette Valley/Metro With the Columbia River steelhead run peaking right now, anglers working the mainstem are finding only mediocre success. A better set of tides are coming this weekend however, action for bank anglers should improve and the gorge should be peaking for the next 2 weeks.

Walleye fishing is good around Bonneville and excellent in the reservoirs above The Dalles Dam.

Sockeye remain the surprise on the mainstem, already doubling their pre-season prediction. Anglers are allowed to retain any sockeye, most likely intercepted as bycatch for beach plunkers targeting steelhead.

The Sandy and Clackamas Rivers remain fair options for summer steelhead seekers, but early mornings will be key to success, especially with the hot weather upon us. These rivers will also be inundated with rafters, making fish even more timid for angler’s offerings. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger of O2BFISHN (503-704-7920) reports, “This week, the Sandy has started its glacial melt and the river is off color with about foot and half visibility. The river is running between 7.8 ft to 8.0 depending on how warm the weather gets during the day and how cool the evenings get dictates water clarity and height. When the river goes off color you need to increase the size of spinners and increase the size of bait so the fish are able to see it and smell it. In clear water, size 3 and 4 spinners work well, I would stick with size 4’s in dark color bodies and blades. More of Jeff’s report is available to full length subscribers: click HERE, and for just $24.95/year, or 50 cents a week, you’ll get more detail AND a forecast to prep you for your next fishing trip.

The Willamette action is functionally over, although a few late season Chinook will still get caught over the next few weeks. Your best chance will be at the head of the Multnomah Channel trolling spinners around high tide.

Warm-water species such as bass and catfish will become productive above Willamette Falls especially.

Northwest Oregon – Bottomfishing remains the top option out of most north coast ports. Lingcod are becoming harder to find, but sea bass remain plentiful and the long-leader fishery in the deeper water continues to produce 10-fish limits for most anglers. Rough seas are forecasted for this weekend, which may make ocean fishing uncomfortable. Pay close attention to your destination and make sure you are going the same direction as wind waves when returning to port.

Salmon fishing has been challenging since the South of Cape Falcon fishery (Manzanita) opened in late June. Chinook and coho catches are averaging about a keeper salmon every 10 rods although Pacific City leads the charge with .42 retained salmon per angler through July 1st. Chinook catches are outpacing coho by nearly 3 to 1.

Nearshore halibut remains a fair option when seas allow. Garibaldi and Pacific City were the two most productive ports for the last reporting period (through July 1st).

Summer steelhead remain an option in the Wilson and Nestucca systems, but you’ll have to employ low-water techniques and fish early to have any hope.

Sea-run cutthroat trout are a good option in nearly any north coast tidewater system.

The Salty Dawg fleet is excited to get the albacore fishery going. Tuna have been landed in nearly every Oregon coastal port, but catches remain sporadic. Consistency comes in the latter half of July and well into September.

Bay crabbing has been challenging, but ocean crabbing out of Garibaldi is fair.

Astoria area – Sturgeon fishing remains epic for those fishing fresh anchovies from Tongue Point to the Astoria/Megler Bridge. Fish are averaging larger than 4 foot.

A strong south wind scattered salmon off of the mouth of the Columbia this week. The NW wind is returning, likely to cause a building swell and rough conditions for ocean goers.

Sea bass fishing was good from the south jetty this week, but should become more challenging with the big tides this weekend.

Razor clam digging north of Tillamook Head (Seaside) closes starting July 15th. There is an excellent set of tides up until the closure date.

Central and Eastern Oregon – From our Friend Tim Moran:

Deschutes River – Fishing is good on nymphs during the day and very good fishing dries in the evening.  Caddis and PED’s (Pale Evening Dunns) are coming off when the sun goes behind the canyon.  Fishing has been real good from Warm Springs to Trout Creek!

Metolius River – Golden Stones are really starting to hatch now and fishing with the nymphs and dries should be good.  Caddis and PED’s will be around too.  Evenings on the Met are magical!  

John Day River – Flows are now low enough that you have to drag your boat is several spots.  Fishing is very good though and bass will be scattered..some up near the shore and some in deeper water.  I like to target them first with poppers, then if that isn’t getting like a a strike every few casts I’ll go with a weighted woolly bugger.  #4 grubs are a killer too if you’re spin fishing! 

East Lake – It’s been good but will be off with the east winds.  When they’re not blowing, reports are very good.  Fly guys are fishing chironomids under a small float.  Red has been a hot color.  Leeches and small nymphs are good too!  Hit up the Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters for all the latest news and tips before you go if your flyfishing.  Trollers are doing well to.  Small dodgers with a spinner worm combo or hoochie will take rainbows and kokanee.  

Crane Prairie – I have a report from the guys at Central Oregon Fishing Reports – Bass fishing is good in the coves and up the Deschutes arm.  Plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater are all taking fish.  Most fish are running 1.5 to 2 pounds but they got a few up around 5lbs!  

I sound like a broken record but the next 3 months you really can’t go wrong fishing anywhere in central/eastern Oregon.  We live in a great state if you love to fish and hunt!

It’s going to be a HOT weekend so the water will be the place you want to be!

Southwest – From ODF&W

Lingcod fishing off the central coast has been good during the past couple of weeks and saw most anglers taking home a limit (2 lingcod). In contrast, rockfish action has been slower; fish were seen on fish finders but were reluctant to bite, especially black rockfish. Reminder that as of April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.

The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. During the last couple of weeks, anglers were bringing in 2-3 Petrale sole per angler along with some halibut.

There will be an announcement by noon on Friday, July 13 if enough quota remains for any additional back-up dates in the Central Oregon Coast Subarea spring all-depth fishery. Remaining available back-up dates are: July 19-21. The summer all-depth fishery opens August 3-4, every other Friday and Saturday until October 31, or the quota is caught.

Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to the Oregon/California border for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead.

Tuna fishing has been good for anglers fishing roughly 30 miles from Coos Bay last week and weekend.

Chinook fishing on the lower Rogue is heating up with anglers catching fish from the bay up to Indian Creek.

Hatchery Spring Chinook excess to brood needs are being recycled back into the upper Rogue fishery upstream of Gold Hill.

The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir is a hot spot for summer trout fishing, offering a great place to escape the heat of the valley, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and catch some nice trout.

Anglers continue to catch crappie and bluegills from the fishing dock on Eel Lake.

Salmon anglers out of Charleston and Winchester Bay are reporting good catches of fin-clipped coho.

Yellow perch fishing has been very good in Tenmile Lakes.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in the south and mainstem Umpqua.

During the hot weather the best trout fishing will be early in mornings at higher lakes like Diamond, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods, and the high Umpqua lakes.

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SW Washington – From WDF&W

No updated report, but you can view their archived reports here.

 

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