Willamette Valley Fishing Report – The Willamette is still very high and muddy bit will fish for sturgeon in a week or so. It’s not sage to boat the lower river at this time.
The McKenzie remains too high to fish, as does the Santiam system.
There is hope for the Clackamas in coming days as there should be fresh winter steelhead as well as recycled hatchery fish to catch.
Steelhead have been caught on the Sandy even between storms so as the water drops and hopefully clears somewhat, steelheading is expected to be worthwhile.
North Coast Fishing Report – With rivers remaining high, effort on the north coast has been next to non-existent. Smaller streams began to fish on Thursday however with reports of steelhead being caught on the Highway 30 stream systems as well as the North Fork Nehalem and Necanicum Rivers.
With predicted dropping flows this week, most north coast systems should fish well over the weekend with bigger systems such as the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca coming in early next week. This will be the peak week for fresh early run winter steelhead and you won’t have a better chance for success for fresh fish than this week/weekend.
Tides will remain extreme over the weekend, which will put recreational crabbers at a disadvantage. The ocean will not be an option despite it being open for recreational crabbers. The commercial fleet will start setting pots on January 1st.
Razor clam digging is also open now. Domoic acid levels have dropped enough to allow for safe consumption of razor clams north of Tillamook Head in Seaside.
Central & South Coast Reports – Recreational crabbing has re-opened in the ocean as well as in bays off the south coast.
Mussels may be harvested but razor clamming remains closed.
As rivers recover, winter steelheading is once again expected to be an option in most south coast rivers including the Siuslaw and Alsea.
Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile lakes will remain open to the taking of wild coho through December 31st. This is primarily a troll fishery.
Which waters of the Rogue River are still high and swift, the river will drop and clear and is expected to start fishing for winter steelhead early in the coming week.
Check road conditions is traveling in the Brookings area as slides and sinkholes have caused problems here. Chetco levels are dropping and the water is clearing. Winter steelheading should be decent here.
Central & Eastern – East side anglers should be aware of freezing weather and snow on the rods over the week to come.
Detroit Lake filled rapidly and is nearing springtime levels. Boat ramps are once again useable.
Washington fishing reports: Like most NW Oregon streams, rivers have remained high for most of the week. Even with subsiding river levels however, winter steelhead catches will likely be less than impressive.
Much of the production, what’s left of it, has shifted to a later returning strain with the Cowlitz still leading the charge for options. The Kalama may have a few steelhead available but most eyes will remain focused on the Cowlitz and given the surprise bump in the spring Chinook forecast, anglers fishing this system have much to look forward to in a few months from now.
Smelt may make a showing in the mainstem Columbia in the coming weeks but no signs of them just yet.