Willamette Valley/Metro – With so few options for salmon in the Portland/Metro area, anglers are looking to the coast for a fall chance at chrome, with most effort falling on Tillamook and Nehalem Bays. Passage at Bonneville remains depressed, that will surely have consequences for next year.
The Sandy and Clackamas remain options for coho anglers but adults are hunkered down in deep holes and not very receptive to angler’s offerings. Early morning spinner and jig casters are catching a few fish, but after sunrise, it gets even more challenging. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503) 704-7920 of O2BFISHN Guide Service reports, “This week, we saw the river go up and then it dropped below 7.6 ft. There is still fish spread throughout the entire river with best action taking place in midriver and you can find the fish in mid to deep pools. The hatchery has between 150 to 200 coho so far and are expected to get more with the next substantial rain fall starting next week.”
Coho counts over Willamette Falls is fair, and fish are providing nominal fishing opportunity at the mouths of many of the upper tributaries including the Tualatin, Yamhill, Molalla, and Santiam Rivers. Spinners and bobber and eggs are a good choice for innovative anglers.
Canby Pond and the Mt. Hood Community College Pond will each be stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout this week, and should be easy pickings for anglers turning out in the nice weather. Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is also a great fall trout option for both boat and bank anglers.
The Portland Harbor has fair to good sturgeon fishing this time of year, but no catch and keep season is likely in the foreseeable future.
Northwest Oregon – Fall Chinook continue to be elusive on Tillamook Bay, but it remains the favored fishery on the entire north coast. Chinook in the high 20-pound range are caught every day, with the Ghost Hole, Bay City and during last week’s low tide exchange, the jaws along the north jetty produced fair catches near low tide.
Pro-Troll flashers with Fatal Flash spinners in size 3.0 and 5, especially in chartreuse and red/white have been the go-to colors. Seaweed remains a hindrance and with another strong tide series this weekend, success will be challenging.
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Coho are still making up a fair percentage of the catch and must be released unharmed. Hatchery coho are in the Trask and North Fork Nehalem, albeit in low numbers and are past their prime.
Anglers have been taking advantage of calm seas and chamber of commerce weather on the ocean. The deep reef fishery continues to yield large lingcod and canary rockfish, along with other species as well. Weekend weather looks like it will hold for this unique fishery.
Ocean crabbing closed on October 15th, and won’t open again until December 1st. Overall the season wasn’t as productive as it usually is, but quality keepers were had throughout the fall months. Bay crabbing is competitive, but should also produce fair catches until the first significant fall rains hit.
Despite optimum weather conditions, motivated albacore anglers are hard to find. The recent grade of albacore have been running quite small. So small in fact that local canneries aren’t taking commercial catches as of late. Many offshore anglers have hung it up for the season, at least for tuna.
Astoria area – Despite big tide exchanges, crabbing has been good on the lower Columbia River Afternoon tides this weekend should yield good results too.
Southwest – From ODF&W
Several waterbodies in the Coos Bay will be stocked with one-pound trout this week – giving anglers one last chance before winter hits. Upper Empire, Butterfield, Saunders, Bradley lakes and Powers Pond all will be stocked.
If you’re in the mood for a fish fry, yellow perch fishing has been excellent in Tenmile Lakes.
Anglers are catching hatchery coho in the lower Rogue, and there are reports of coho in the Grants Pass area.
Fishing for summer steelhead in the middle and upper Rogue should be good for the next month or two due to a strong run this year.
Trout fishing has been very good in Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs.
From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
It appears that there is no chance of duplicating the 59 pound Chinook salmon that was caught in Hunter Creek over Thanksgiving Weekend several years ago because Beginning October 15 through December 31, 2018 the stream is closed to fishing for Chinook salmon.
While salmon fishing is tough for everything except wild coho, which are unkeepable, some Chinooks and fin-clipped cohos are still being caught.
Jetty anglers are doing fair to good for lingcod, striped surfperch, greenling and rockfish. Boat anglers fishing in waters beyond 180 feet are getting limits of lingcod and rockfish.
As of October 15th, recreational ocean crabbing is closed. Both commercial ocean crabbing, which closed on August 15th, and recreational crabbing will reopen on December 1st – although commercial crabbers may voluntarily delay their season opener if tested crabs lack sufficient meat content.
Planted trout are, once again, on the menu. Several Coos County waters are slated to receive trout plants this week. They are: Bradley Lake (800 15-inch rainbows); Butterfield Lake (1,390 15-inch rainbows); Upper Empire Lake (3,210 15-inch rainbows); Powers Pond (1,300 15-inch rainbows) and Saunders Lake (1,300 15-inch rainbows).
SW Washington – From WDF&W:
Nothing new from the WDF&W website, but HERE is the report from the 23rd.