Oregon Fisheries Update June 26th – July 2nd, 2015

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Willamette Valley Fishing Report –Bonneville area salmon fishing has slowed, despite good numbers of Chinook passing the facility on a daily basis. This is typically when peak passage happens at Bonneville for the summer run fish but as most anglers realize, the water is simply too warm. Steelhead numbers are also improving but mid-July is typically when peak catches are in this reach; anglers shouldn’t anticipate great fishing in the coming weeks, again, due to warm waters. Shad fishing is slowing as well but action remains good however.

Water in the lower Willamette is warm, mostly in the mid 70s from the Falls to the mouth. Spring Chinook fishing is all but done though we hear of one hooked every now and again. Shad are still being caught in Oregon City.

McKenzie River water levels are down but not as critically low as some rivers. Trout are still being caught here by fly anglers.

With the poor run of summer steelhead this year, hooking one on the Santiams is a little bit of a long shot but this system gets the highest percentage of summers of any tributary above the Falls.

Fishing has been slow in the low, clear water of the Clackamas. There are spring Chinook in the system; they can be seen rolling in various places. Summer steelhead are also available and there are more in the river than in weeks past.

While the water is low in the Sandy River, it is also variable in color, changing from clear to milky to green and back again one day to the next. Most of the spring Chinook hooked recently have been natives although only hatchery fish may be kept.

North Coast Report – Fishing for Chinook and coho remains good out of Astoria. Although most of the Chinook are under 15 pounds, some larger fish are present and even some of the coho are a good grade for this time of year. Anglers are concentrating effort to the SW of the river entrance but salmon, Chinook in particular, should be available just to the north off of the Long Beach Peninsula. Action should remain steady well into August.

Sturgeon fishing remains epic for the few anglers fishing. The reach between Rice Island and the Astoria Bridge is the most productive for those using fresh anchovies or sand shrimp for bait.

Rockfish fishing also remains good for those targeting the south jetty out of the Columbia. Lingcod action remains impressive for this late in the season.

Tuna have been reported out of the mouth of the Columbia with some boats reporting epic fishing. Iron casters were taking the bulk of the fish as trolling clones didn’t seem to be producing well lately.

Garibaldi anglers will get their first crack at offshore coho on Saturday. No telling how the action will go but it likely won’t be nearly as good as the mouth of the Columbia and Chinook will likely be scarce.

Ocean crabbing is said to be improving with a fair number of hard-shells still in the catches. We’ll likely encounter more softshell crab as we enter July.

Central & South Coast Reports – Offshore advance weather reports indicate this may be a good weekend for ocean launches but be certain to check current conditions before making the trip.

Boats have been launching from central and southern ports in an effort to find albacore. Some have returned with tuna on board.

Catches of rockfish have been good out of Newport and Depoe Bay although the lingcod bite has been somewhat slower.

The offshore selective coho season is scheduled to open on this coming Saturday, June 27th. During this fishery, only fin-clipped fish may be retained.

Boats launching out of Charleston have been catching good numbers of rockfish and lingcod.

Spring Chinook fishing slowed in the lower Rogue as water levels dropped. The middle river hasn’t been great for springers all season while fishing remains pretty good on the upper Rogue.

Lingcod fishing has been very good out of the Port of Brookings. Good numbers of rockfish are also being taken by boats fishing just outside the harbor entrance.

Ocean Chinook fishing has shown slight improvement on the south coast although the big numbers have yet to show.

Try your luck in the Blackbird Trout derby taking place this coming Saturday at Diamond Lake.

Central & Eastern – Trout fishing has been fair to good on the lower Deschutes for fly fishers.

The Cascade high lakes are mostly fishing well and offer the opportunity for valley anglers to catch a break from the heat wave.

Kokanee fishing has been fair to good at Green Peter for numbers of fish. Odell Lake has produced some kokanee limits to those who are trolling for them.

Washington fishing reports – Tributary anglers are focusing their efforts on the mainstem Columbia although Cowlitz River anglers are catching some summer steelhead. The Lewis and Kalama summer steelhead returns are tracking close to last years results for this time of year; action remains less than impressive.

Regulation changes come into effect July 1st on many district streams so check carefully before venturing out.