Willamette Valley/Metro – Fishing on the Willamette and Columbia remains challenging, and the Columbia is slated to close on June 6th, but managers met on Tuesday to discuss more options. Managers extended the season through the 15th of June, full details are here. The best reach remains the Longview to Astoria reach and the current tide series produces good catches for bank anglers.
Shad are pouring into the Columbia River, where Bonneville is starting to tally 6 digit passage counts. It’s peak season for these fun fish, too bad they don’t taste better. They make for great sport and crab bait however.
The Willamette is also teeming with shad and anglers fishing in swift water are finding good success in the low flowing Willamette. Falls counts remain low, but June could see a surge in action, the lower Willamette has produced some great late-season catches in recent years. Spinners are often the key in the warmer water, and that should be the case this year as well.
The Clackamas continues to be a disaster. For the 4th week in a row, there were no spring Chinook creeled in the Clackamas. Clackamas River fish production has taken place in the Columbia River Gorge in recent years, and it’s clearly having an impact on return rates. The agency hopes to change that management decision for future broodstock. Summer steelhead interest is low, but catch rates indicate about a fish for every 10 rods of effort.
Trout fishing is in full swing in most area lakes. Water temperatures and freshly stocked trout should inspire parents to take their kids fishing when school lets out. Check the ODF&W web site for details about your favorite body of water.
From Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920), of O2BFISHN Guide Service – “Well this week we saw the river finally had dropped almost back to normal river flows. The Columbia River has dropped 6ft over the last couple of days, as they stopped spillage over Bonneville. The river is running at 8.2 ft and has stayed at level over most of the week. The river has great color and should stay that way depending on how much rain we get over the weekend. The forecast is for 3/4 of a inch of rain starting Friday night and going into Sunday morning. If you plan to float the river, be prepared to bang and hit some rock for the river is very low for floating it.”
Northwest Oregon – Tillamook spring Chinook are starting to show with more regularity, but action is far from consistent. Soft tides this weekend should bode well for lower bay trollers using herring on the inside of the north jetty. The ocean looks to be friendly as well. Fin-clipped only Chinook may be retained in the spring control zone outside of Tillamook Bay.
District rivers are running low, clear and warm. This will make early mornings the best option for anglers and using light leaders and small baits will be key for those willing to persist. The Trask will remain the best bet for spring Chinook, and the Wilson for summer steelhead.
The soft tides should make for safe bar crossings (although always check last minute conditions) for the June 7 – 9 all-depth opener. Nearshore is open 7 days per week, but catches are sparse.
Bottomfishing out of Garibaldi will likely remain slam dunk, although lingcod success is sporadic this time of year.
Astoria area – Managers met on Tuesday to discuss the sturgeon quota. Action was good on Saturday, but only fair on Monday. The bite is picking up, making it difficult to keep a lid on run-away catches. The managers decided on 1 additional day, Saturday, June 9th, with the same regulations adopted from the previous season, see press release hyperlink from the spring Chinook section on the Columbia above.
Spring Chinook and summer steelhead are being taken upstream from Astoria, but soft weekend tides will limit catches.
Crabbing and rockfishing along the jetty remains poor.
Southwest – From ODF&W
Reports from the Central Coast last week were that rockfish continue to be slow. Lingcod success is marginal, limits are being caught but it takes a lot of time and work.
Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes.
The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. Early reports from the first weekend indicate that fishing was sketchy. The wind and drift speed caused issues. This Thurs-Sat (June 7-9) is the next set of fixed dates for the Central Coast spring all-depth fishery. Currently 68 percent of the quota remains for that fishery.
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.
Spring Chinook fishing has been good for boat anglers on the lower Rogue. Yes, for yet another week fishing continues to be hot at Diamond Lake. Anglers continue to report good catches of shad the Coquille Basin. Trout fishing has been good in Tenmile Lakes, where some fish over 20-inches have been caught.
Bass and other warmwater fishing has been picking up, in the words of one biologist, “everywhere.” Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Tenmile and Butterfield lakes. Both shad and smallmouth bass fishing are picking up in the mainstem Umpqua.
Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports – Tim Moran is out for the week, so we’ll miss his great info.
SW Washington – From WDF&W
No updated report, here is the one from last week:
Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – (I-5 Br downstream) – 7 bank rods and 1 boat rod had no catch. Above the I-5 Br. – 64 bank rods kept 12 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook. 12 boat rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead. Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 34 winter-run steelhead, 134 spring Chinook adults, six spring Chinook jacks, and nine summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released one winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released three winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek. Tacoma Power also released five spring Chinook adults and one spring Chinook jack into Lake Scanewa near Randle.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,320 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Tuesday, May 29. Water visibility is 14 feet and the water temperature is 48.7 degrees F. From the Lexington (Sparks) Road Bridge upstream to 400 feet or boundary markers below the barrier dam – From June 1 through July 31, barbed hooks will be allowed for salmon, steelhead, and cutthroats. Starting June 1, the area that is closed to fishing below the Cowlitz River barrier dam will expand from 100 feet to 400 feet to help increase the number of spring Chinook arriving at the salmon hatchery. We had projected that 5,000 spring Chinook would return to the river this year, but they’re tracking well below that now. Expanding the area that’s closed to fishing will help ensure we can meet hatchery broodstock goals and continue to move fish to the upper Cowlitz watershed for fishing opportunities and reintroduction efforts. The no-fishing zone will be posted with signs until further notice.
East Fork Lewis River from the mouth to 400 feet below Horseshoe Falls (except closures around various falls) and the Washougal River from the mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Under permanent rules these areas will be open to fishing with bait for hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June.
Kalama River – 9 bank and 3 boat anglers had no catch.
Lewis River (mainstem) – 5 bank rods had no catch. 11 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook.
Lewis River (North Fork) – 33 bank rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead. 8 boat rods had no catch.
Wind River (mouth) – 3 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook. 96 boat rods kept 32 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook and released 1 adult spring Chinook.
Drano Lake – 145 boat rods kept 53 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook and released 7 adult spring Chinook. Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to the boundary markers below the salmon hatchery – Effective June 1, the salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery Chinook of which no more than two may be adults. In addition, up to 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Wild chinook must be released. Open 7 days per week.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 495 anglers, including 74 boats, with 32 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 16 steelhead. 23 (72%) of the adult Chinook and 14 (88%) of the steelhead were kept. Fish were caught throughout the river.