Willamette Valley/Metro – Mixed reports are coming from the troll and anchor fleet in the only remaining open stretch of the Columbia River, Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam (and of course upstream of Bonneville too). This river reach will remain open until September 14th, when only the upstream of Bonneville Dam reach will be open until further notice. Anglers are reminded that the entire Columbia River is closed to summer steelhead for the remainder of the year.
Chinook counts at Bonneville Dam are tracking ahead of last year, but only by a little. Coho counts are way ahead of last year.
Trollers are taking the lion’s share of Chinook in the Bonneville to Warrior Rock stretch, trolling 360 flashers and 3.5 spinners in copper and red as well as brass/green and red. Anglers fishing close to the bottom of the river are finding the best success.
Focus will remain on the mainstem Columbia, but anglers casting spinners near the mouths of the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers should start seeing some success for coho. Fresh fish should enter in fair numbers for the next 3 weeks. Coho are known for being lock-jawed, a lot like the summer steelhead that have been residing in these rivers for months now.
Northwest Oregon – Chinook are being caught with more regularity in the Tillamook district. Trollers were taking fish in the jaws of Tillamook, Nehalem and Nestucca estuaries on the weekend’s soft tide series, the Salmon, Alsea and Siletz should also produce fair catches. Hatchery coho are starting to show in the Tillamook and Nehalem systems as well. The estuary hatchery coho season isn’t productive for long, action will taper by the 3rd week of September.
The unique “any salmon” season opens on September 7th, where any 2 salmon may be retained in the ocean fishery. Wild and hatchery coho or Chinook may be retained on Fridays and Saturdays in September, or until the coho quota of 3,500 fish is attained. Fishing should be good.
The tidewater sections of the Nehalem, Trask, Nestucca, Tillamook, Necanicum, Salmon, Siletz and Alsea Rivers should all have some Chinook available to trollers and bobber fishers. Bobber fishermen seem to have their best luck towards low slack, while trollers often fare best around high tide. These systems, along with their respective estuaries should remain fair to good until the first fall rains send them upstream to spawn.
Astoria area – Buoy 10 anglers have been perplexed in recent days. The Buoy 10 bite has slowed dramatically and is sporadic at best. With Chinook being closed from Buoy 10 to Warrior Rock near Kalama, coho will remain the only option for estuary anglers. That bite has not been productive.
Ocean anglers were given another 2 days in the North of Falcon fishery out of the Columbia River, they were gravely disappointed. There is no other descriptive words than “biological desert” for the 2-day ocean coho opener. We appear headed for a slow September here.
Albacore tuna showed up in mass over the weekend around 40 miles west out of Astoria. Although the albacore weren’t large, they were plentiful.
Central and Eastern Oregon – Our Friend Tim Moran will be off the grid for a week, but he’ll provide a good report in next week’s TGF.
Meanwhile, HERE is the detailed report from the ODF&W website.
Southwest – From ODF&W
Chinook are being caught in a number of SW Zone location including the Rogue Bay at Gold Beach, and in bays and lower sections of rivers like the Coos, Coquille, and Umpqua.
Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be a fishing bright spot in the south and mainstem Umpqua.
The upper Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir has been stocked throughout the summer, including the week before Labor Day, and anglers should find plenty of trout throughout the late summer.
Trout fishing in higher elevation lake continues to be good. Anglers should consider Diamond, Lemolo, Hemlock, Lake in the Woods and Lake Marie.
September is bringing big changes for anglers in the Rogue watershed:
The artificial fly season is underway on the upper Rogue between Fishers Ferry boat ramp and Cole Rivers Hatchery. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, anglers may only fish artificial flies using any type rod/reel: no added weights or attachments except a bubble. This reach of the Rogue is open to fishing for hatchery summer steelhead and trout.
Water levels at many reservoirs throughout the Rogue are dropping quickly, so boat ramp access can change quickly. The good news—anglers willing to fish from shore or from inflatables can have a terrific time this fall fishing at Hyatt, Emigrant, Fish Lake, or even Agate Lake.
Anglers wanting to fish from trailered boats in the Rogue watershed have an opportunity at Lost Creek, Applegate, and Howard Prairie (for small boats). Bass fishing is good now. Trout fishing will only improve as the weather cools.
From Pete Heley at PeteHeley.com
The ocean fin-clipped coho season is over but the catch data is currently only available through August 26th and 32.7 percent of the 35,000 fin-clipped coho quota had been retained. The northern portion of our zone had the best catch rate, which can be almost wholly explained by the difference in wild to fin-clipped coho salmon ratios.
Comparing the two busiest ports in our zone should make this difference apparent. Through August 26th, Newport, the busiest port, had 10,755 angler trips and 5,742 of the 13,252 cohos caught were retained fin-clipped cohos (more than 43 percent). Heading into the season’s last week, Newport is our zone’s most successful port with .58 retained salmon per angler-trip.
Winchester Bay, our zone’s second busiest port with 6,915 angler-trips has 1264 of the 8997 cohos caught that were fin-clipped and keepable (14 percent). Charleston’s percentage of fin-clipped cohos was even worse at 13 percent. So it should be no surprise that Winchester Bay’s and Charleston’s catch rates are a rather dismal .14 and .13 salmon per angler-trip respectively.
It is sadly ironic that the large numbers of wild coho hanging out off Winchester Bay and Charleston seemed to have “disappeared” prior to the ocean nonselective season which begins on September 7th.
Crabbing in the ocean is very good and will legal until October 15th. Crabbing in the lower Umpqua River is also very good and is legal the entire year.
Striped bass on the Smith River is the area’s most “hush-hush” fishery – so getting an accurate report is difficult. But it is almost certainly quite slow with a few fish taken after dark. Striper fishing on the Coquille River between Bandon and Coquille is very inconsistent but can be surprisingly productive with the best fishing at night.
Smallmouth bass fishing on the Umpqua River is very good. A very few smallmouths are being caught on the Smith River. But the most overlooked quality smallmouth fishery in our area is the South Fork of the Coquille River below Powers.
Anglers fishing for bottom fish need to remember that waters deeper than 30 fathoms are closed to conventional bottom fish techniques and there is an emergency closure on the retention of cabezon. Long leader fishing for some species of mid-depth bottom fish is still legal in waters more than 40 fathoms deep.
SW Washington – From WDF&W
Nothing new from the WDF&W web site, but you can go HERE for previous week’s reports.