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Willamette Valley/Metro – With steelhead season closed on the mainstem, and Chinook passage at Bonneville at its low point before the fall fish arrive, anglers in the Portland/Metro area are seeking thrills in other places, likely in the lower Columbia. There’s no real point in spending any time on the mainstem Columbia in the Portland area, just yet. That will soon change however.

The Willamette River remains a bass and pan fish mecca, with the Multnomah Channel producing some walleye.

The Sandy and Clackamas remain sparsely fished, yet overcrowded with swimmers and rafters trying to find respite from the heat. Summer steelhead remain a fair-at-best option in the upper reaches. Coho are still a month away.

Northwest – Ocean salmon fishing south of Cape Falcon (for Chinook) remains poor. Most charter boats and recreational anglers remain focused on ample numbers of sea bass and a rare lingcod. Albacore anglers out of most ports remain perplexed.

The Nehalem, while the best Chinook option on the north coast, save the lower Columbia, is not putting out great numbers of fish. Effort remains low for good reason.

The Columbia continues to draw the crowds, but despite a dynamite jump start to the season, action has tapered and although it appears the fish are present, they don’t seem very willing to bite. We should be entering peak season here.

Offshore from the mouth of the Columbia, coho action remains good, mostly for those fishing around green buoy 1 and the CR Buoy to the south. Chinook are showing in the catches, but catches are sporadic. The Long Beach Peninsula Chinook show was fair on Thursday.

There remains enough halibut quota for another summer opener along the Central Coast. That opener will take place August 18th and 19th.

Ocean crabbing remains excellent out of Garibaldi and south, but the crabs are still light following the big molt last month.

Southwest – From TGF’s friend Pete Heley (

The catch total for the ocean fin clipped coho season that ended July 30th was 6,140 coho and 728 chinooks. The coho catch was only 34.1 percent of the quota and hopefully there will be some salmon added to the 6,000 coho quota to the ocean nonselective season which begins on September 2nd.

It seemed like there wasn’t going to be a thermal barrier at Reedsport this year that kept salmon entering the Umpqua River jammed up below Reedsport, but exceptionally high temperatures last week will likely create one.

Last Friday and Saturday marked the first two-day halibut opener of the summer season. Thanks to 6,078 pounds leftover from the spring all depth season, the summer all-depth quota was 66,281 pounds.

The commercial halibut fishery closed at midnight on Thursday, August 3rd because 98 percent of the 39,810-pound quota had been caught.

Crabbing in the ocean at Winchester Bay is very good and good in the lower Umpqua River for those using boats. Dock crabbing is fair and gradually improving. Some red-tailed surfperch were caught last week above Winchester Bay but the spawning run is almost over.

Some impressive fish that were brought into Ringo’s in the last month include a 13-inch crappie and a 16-inch yellow perch. While the crappie, which was caught near Coleman Arm was certainly impressive, the yellow perch, if it had been caught prior to early March when it most likely spawned, would almost certainly been a new state record since the longstanding state record is only two pounds and two ounces.

On an exploratory trip to Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin last week, my fishing partner landed several nice largemouth bass to three pounds on a buzzbait.

Eastern – From avid angler Tim Moran:

Deschutes River – a few more Steelhead have trickled in and the guys who are willing to put in the time are getting a few.  The pressure is light so you have a shot at the ones that are there.   

Owyhee River – the flows are finally down to a manageable 246 CFS which means fishing is good but these giants can be might selective.  Bring lots of small PMD’s in various stages, caddis, trico and spinner patterns and be ready to keep trying flies until you find “the one!”   

Clear Lake – This is a great place to beat the heat and get in some fishing too!  Clear lake has good populations of brook trout, rainbows and cutthroat trout and they are usually willing to hit nymphs and wet flies under an indicator and dry’s on top in the evening or you can row and troll spinners, small flatfish or flies and have great action. 

Davis Lake – morning and evenings are very good fishing top water poppers for bass!  Lot’s of guys fish the reeds out in front of the Lava Campground but if you have a boat go explore the less pressured areas.  The big bass are everywhere!

Next weekend will be a good one to stay close to your home waters and fish or get your gear ready for hunting season as central/eastern Oregon will be filled with wackos camping out for the eclipse. What ever you do have a great weekend!            

SW Washington – From the WDF&W web site:

Cowlitz River – Above the I-5 Bridge – 26 boats/75 rods kept 26 steelhead and released 26 cutthroats. 84 bank rods kept 19 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 3 adult and 3 jack spring Chinook and 1 cutthroat. I-5 Bridge downstream – 3 bank and 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, August 7. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 58.3 degrees F.

Drano Lake – 4 boats/8 anglers kept 3 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and released 2 steelhead. 27 boats trolling were observed here last Saturday morning.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first 6 days of the fall sport season on the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, we sampled 400 salmonid anglers (including 90 boats) with 4 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 11 steelhead, and no coho. Effort is relatively light with just over 100 boats and 141 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s flight. 3 (75%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept though anglers may retain any fish. All of the steelhead were released as required. 6 of the fish were wild, 4 hatchery, and 1 unknown origin.



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