Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Columbia now closed, effort will shift to the Willamette River, when it fishes again after the current river rise comes back down. Anglers came within about 350 spring Chinook from attaining the nearly 7,000 fish quota. Nobody can say it will be a season for the record books, but we may never be able to say again, that we got to fish until April 23rd for spring Chinook on the Columbia.
Prior to the river rise, Willamette River anglers were faring ok for spring Chinook. Anglers remain optimistic that the run may come in better than anticipated given the fair results we’ve seen from the river so far. “So far” being the operative word, there’s still a lot of season to go.
Trollers remain the most effective, from Milwaukie downstream to St. Helens, working the Multnomah Channel. It may be early next week before the river returns to fishable form.
Sandy and Clackamas fishers also had high water to contend with. The upper reaches of the Sandy has put out some steelhead recently reports pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920). Jeff also stated springers are due in the Sandy, there will likely be fishable numbers available in the coming weeks.
An upper basin report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
Northwest – Although steelhead season on the north coast is over, reports of spring Chinook in the Trask and upper Tillamook Bay are reliable. It’s far from consistent or peak season, but it appears that a fair showing is underway. The run timing on this system seems to vary wildly in recent years. It’s possible that an early showing is a sign of a robust run, or as robust as a Tillamook run can be.
For freshwater anglers, there aren’t many options, but don’t overlook the trout opportunities as well. Here is the north coast stocking schedule if you want to know how many trout were planted in what body of water.
The ocean swell seems to finally be tempering. This could spell a nice window of opportunity for bottomfishers and crabbers that wish to ply the waters of the Pacific; a rare occurrence for most of the winter and early spring. Sea bass and lingcod should be ready and willing.
Domoic Acid levels are trending downward, but that doesn’t mean that the season will open anytime soon. We often think of good razor clam digging this time of year, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.
Southwest – A SW region report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
Eastern – An Eastern Oregon report is unavailable this week, due to writer Michael Teague on medical leave for a short period of time.
SW Washington – Directly from the WDF&W web site:
Cowlitz River – 29 bank anglers kept 3 adult, 2 jack spring Chinook and 2 steelhead. 23 boat anglers kept 2 adult
spring Chinook, 4 steelhead and released 1 steelhead. River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 13,300 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 24. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 44.6 F.
Wind River – 4 boat anglers had no catch.
Drano Lake – 6 bank anglers had no catch. 18 boat anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook. ~ 25 boats here last Saturday morning.
Klickitat River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.