Portland Metro Area Salmon and Steelhead


The local Portland area has many angling opportunities for both the boat and bank angler. This technical report will focus on the 4 metro area rivers that will give the angler the best chance for catching a salmon or steelhead. These 4 systems include the Sandy, Clackamas, Willamette and Columbia Rivers in the local metro area. All four of these rivers support catchable numbers of salmon or steelhead within a 30 minute drive of downtown Portland. This report will also mention the techniques that are employed at the mentioned locations but anglers wanting expert input on the best techniques to produce the most fish should consult tech reports 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.


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The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.

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