John Strohecker of Portland with a quality ocean coho from Garibaldi (7/29/18).

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 12th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Willamette winding down, metro anglers will have to rely on tributary spring Chinook or summer steelhead opportunity, lake or reservoir trout or warm water species in local area lakes and rivers. With a depressed return of spring Chinook to the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers, most will focus on coastal opportunities as those are just now heating up.

Summer steelhead remains the best prospect for metro area anglers with the Clackamas and Sandy River systems putting out a few for persistent anglers. Low, clear water conditions are challenging for many, but knowledgeable anglers will find a way to garner success. Spring Chinook opportunity is best on the Sandy River.

The mainstem Columbia below Longview showed a string of successful anglers in pursuit of summer steelhead. Counts at Bonneville are increasing and the peak passage is nearing. For those that don’t care to pursue summer steelhead by hook and line, viewing active passage at Bonneville Dam makes for an excellent viewing opportunity this time of year. Shad numbers are fading.

Moderate temperatures have kept trout biting in local area lakes, check the ODF&W web site for recently stocked bodies of water throughout the Willamette Valley.

Warm water action for bass and panfish is heating up on the Willamette River and Sauvie Island. This is a great high-action fishery for kids to get them hooked on fishing.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, ” Well, another week has passed and there is fish still to be caught. The upper river is still putting out some nice fish. Some late, bright summer steelhead are still being caught up near Cedar Creek on spinners and jigs. There are some Chinook in the upper river that are starting to color up with brighter fish in the lower river. Oxbow Park has fish with light pressure if you’re looking to fish with easy hiking. Dodge Park also has fish and you need to look for water with depth and good flows.

Northwest Oregon – With spring Chinook opportunity fading, anglers are anxious to engage with the robust offshore coho and Chinook fishery going on out of Garibaldi and Pacific City. Depoe Bay is productive as well. It’s not limit fishing, but the action is picking up.

Bottomfishing remains excellent out of most ports for sea bass and some lingcod.

Anglers are getting anxious for albacore to show up, they just haven’t yet.

The Astoria Report – With an unprecedented run of calm ocean days, salmon fishing offshore has been excellent. The most exciting news is the Chinook bite off of the Long Beach Peninsula. Over the weekend and into early this week, anglers fishing 25 to 40 foot of water have been finding a lot of Chinook salmon, catching them on trolled anchovies anywhere from 8 to 18 strips down. Breaching whales and harbor porpoise have been busy in the area as well, making for an awesome overall experience.

Coho have been a bit challenging to find with any consistency, but that will likely change with improving tides this week. Stick close to green buoy number 1 or 3, or go across the channel to red buoy 2 or the CR Buoy where the bite was consistent around the last half of incoming tide.

In river sturgeon fishing has been excellent too, with the Blind Channel and Tongue Point area producing some of the more consistent bites. The fish have been running large so match your gear accordingly. The razor clam tide is over, but digging was productive for those working Clatsop area beaches. Prepare yourself for the season’s last dig starting around July 12th. The temporary closure goes into effect on July 15th into the month of September.

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Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports

From avid angler Tim Moran

Crane Prairie –  Fishing is holding up on Chironomids  in red and red/black and  balanced leeches in the cooler river channels but the real news is the bass fishing which has been off the hook!    

Wickiup –  Got a great report from a buddy who says it has held up well and he’s still catching limits fishing from 20 to 30 feet down on hoochies tipped with corn behind a blade flasher. 

Prineville Reservoir:   It’s still pumping out trout to trollers with a wedding ring and worm , still fishermen fishing air injected worms and the power bait crew.  Bass fishing remains great on crankbaits and plastics.

East Lake – East continues to produce nice browns and rainbows.  Balanced leeches, prince nymphs and buggers are taking fish sub-surface. 

Paulina Lake – Fishing for browns and rainbows has been very good at Paulina as well. 

Lower Deschutes River – fishing has been very good with the cooler weather as long as the wind is down.  when it is the caddis hatches have been great in the afternoons and mayflies during the day. 

The Deschutes between Bend and Redmond has been good too.  Big browns are being caught on spoons and spinners and the fly guys are doing well too.

John Day River – bass fishing is awesome but flows are low enough that only small float able pontoons are getting down river.    

It’s going to be a great weekend with warm dry weather so hopefully you can get out and enjoy the rivers and lakes that are fishing well!

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From ODF&W

Anglers are reporting good trout and bass fishing in Crane Prairie Reservoir.

Big Lava Lake offers a good opportunity for 14- to 16-inch rainbow trout.

Fishing for rainbow and brook trout should be good in Three Creek Lake.

Fishing has been pretty good in Crooked River, where recent surveys showed good numbers of fish averaging 10- to 12-inches, with few beasts up to 18-inches.

Waterbodies scheduled to be stocked this week include Devils Lake, Badger Lake, and Shevlin Pond.
This is a good time to get out trout fishing while the weather is still cool.

Bass anglers on the John Day River have been catching fewer, but larger bass. Water levels remain good for floating.

Jubilee Lake was stocked last week and should produce good catches of rainbow trout, a trail around the lake provides great access.

McNary Pond provides a great opportunity for bank anglers and small non-motorized boaters, to catch some warm water fish, the ponds have a good population of large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and brown bullhead.

Smallmouth bass fishing on the Columbia River has been great.

Fish Lake is scheduled to be stocked this week.

Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes were recently and fishing has been good.

The trail to Blue Lake in the Gearhart Wilderness open had been cleared and fishing should be good.

Fly-fishing and casting lures on the Chewaucan upstream of Paisley should be great this weekend. Water temperatures are warming up and so should the bite.

The Blitzen River and Fish Lake (Steens Mountain) are great places to beat the summer heat with a little fishing.

Recent sampling in Krumbo Reservoir showed lots of big (14-inches or more) rainbow trout.

Biologists will be electrofishing the lower Owyhee River on July 16-17.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be excellent in the upper Owyhee throughout the summer.

Twin Lake, Pine Creek, Fourmile Lake, and Anthony Lake are all scheduled to be stocked this week.

Southwest Oregon from Pete Heley at

Some striper anglers fishing shallow-running swimbaits averaged at least 15 stripers per night last week.

The run of redtail surfperch in the lower Umpqua River is still going strong but seems to become increasingly inconsistent.

The Coquille River is still producing striped bass and usually has a decent bite.

Recently. some of the best striper fishing on the Coquille river has been occurring between Riverton and Bullards Bar State Park.

Fishing pressure directed towards smallmouth bass increased last week. Most of the recent smallmouth catches have occurred in the Myrtle Point- Arago area as well as the lower reaches of the South Fork Coquille.

Because of the BLM Campground closure, fishing pressure on Loon Lake is way down and fishing for largemouth bass and bluegills has been good.

The Fishing Dock in Tugman Park is producing black crappie.

The halibut update for the Central Oregon Coast Subarea is out and is as follows.

Spring All-Depth season— through the June 20-22 opener, the total landings are 67,207 pounds (near 7,000 pounds landed during the last opening). This leaves 103,896 pounds or 61% of the spring all-depth quota remaining. Given that amount of quota remaining, the back-up dates of July 4-6 and July 18-20 will be open for all-depth halibut.

The average size for the Central Coast all-depth fishery remains around 22-23 pounds round weight per fish, with last week’s average marking a new high for this season at around 26 pounds round weight.

Summer All-Depth Season—opens August 2-3, if quota remaining, can be open every other Friday and Saturday. Quota = 67,898 lbs.

Nearshore Season— opened June 1, seven days per week. There have been 2,023 pounds landed so far, leaving 30,568 pounds (94%) of the quota remaining. Average weight last week was approximately 23 pounds round weight.

A reminder that on days when the all-depth fishery is also open, such as July 4-6 & July 18-20, the all-depth fishery regulations apply, regardless of what depth is fished. This means that most bottomfish species may not be retained when halibut are onboard the vessel.

South of Humbug Mountain subarea—there has been a total of 669 pounds landed. This leaves 10,737 pounds (94.8 %) of the quota remaining.

Guides fishing the ocean out of Winchester Bay have generally been pleased with their catch results.

Southwest – From ODF&W

Bottomfishing is restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line through September. Fishing for lingcod and rockfish has been good when the ocean is calm enough to fish. The daily bag limit for marine fish is 5 plus 2 lingcod. The retention of cabezon opened on July 1.

Anglers may also choose to fish the offshore longleader fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line, which is open year-round. The longleader fishery has a daily bag limit of 10 fish made of yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, deacon, redstripe, greenstripe, silvergray, and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed and offshore longleader fishing trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish or halibut trips. Find information about a longleader setup here.

Ocean salmon fishing for Chinook salmon from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt is open. The ocean opened to fin-clipped coho salmon on June 22. Chinook must be a minimum of 24-inches long and coho must be at least 16 inches. Fishing for salmon has been okay with Winchester being the most productive ports on the coast. Anglers have been averaging one fish per person.

The Nearshore Halibut season is open seven days a week in the Central Coast Subarea. There is 86 percent of the Nearshore quota remaining. There is still 61 percent of the Spring All-Depth quota remaining for the Central Coast. The next open All-Depth halibut days will be on July 18-20. The Southern Oregon Subarea is open seven days a week for halibut. There is still 90 percent of the quota remaining for the Southern Oregon Coast halibut season.

Anglers willing to do a little walking can find some great cutthroat trout fishing on the upper reaches and tributaries of the Chetco and Pistol rivers.

Trout fishing on Howard Prairie Reservoir has been good. Wind drifting, trolling, still-fishing and fly-fishing are all producing fish.

A group of Chinook has pushed out of the canyon area of the middle Rogue, and anglers have been catching some in the Galice area. These fish are on the move, so focus on migration lanes and holding pools early in the morning.

There are still decent numbers of steelhead in the middle Rogue.

Bass fishing continues to be good in the mainstem and South Umpqua rivers.

Fishing for rockfish inside the Coos Bay has been good near the submerged rock piles. Best fishing is usually near slack tide.

Striped bass continues to be very good on the Coquille River.

Bass fishing has been good on Tenmile Lakes.

The Rogue River above Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked with trout every week throughout the summer.

2019 Stocking schedule and Stocking Maps

SW Washington –  The most recent report from WDF&W is from July 8th. You can access it HERE.