Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Aug 26th

We usually note the passage of steelhead and Chinook in this space, among assorted other topics, but we figure to note one or two fish a day interspersed with too many days of no fish, that we’ll skip it and just ramble. But seriously folks, while anadromous fishes may not be a hot topic due…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

While many still theorize that this year has been brutally tough for even veteran salmon anglers, and with only 10,450 fish over the Willamette Falls by March 12, 2016, this is proving to be a low fish number season that makes springer salmon addicts cringe. ODFW North Willamette District Steward Eric Ollerenshaw reports this week,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 22nd

Eric Ollerenshaw of the ODFW has been kind enough to send catch details from the lower Willamette. We thank Mr. Ollerenshaw for taking the time and making this effort on our behalf. 2016 L. Willamette CHS Fishery Summary.pdf 2016 L. Willamette Steelhead Fishery Summary.pdf 2016 L. Willamette Sturgeon Fishery Summary.pdf It’s unfortunate these documents don’t…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 8th

Over the course of the past seven days, flows at Willamette Falls have moderated from 25.700 cfs to 19,000 cfs while water temperatures rose from 0 to 55 for a few days to 57 degrees as of today, Thursday this week. In the course of that change, water visibility improved by 15 inches to 5.6…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Sept 18th

Flow at Willamette Falls has not changed over the past two weeks although the water temperature did drop two degrees over that period of time to the 68 degree reading today, September 17th. Over 100 fall Chinook were counted on September 14th which pushed the cumulative total to 620 on that date. Summer steelhead are…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

The latest water temperature reading at Willamette Falls was 76 degrees but that was nine days ago. Does anyone care? Neither do the data gatherers. Unless you’re warm water fishing (which is a pretty good bet) there’s nothing of interest to anglers on the lower Willamette. Water level and flow at the McKenzie River has…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report and Forecast July 31 – August 6th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Perhaps it was the passing showers a few days ago. Of course it was. Water temperatures at Willamette Falls plummeted from 81 degrees to a bone-chilling 75 and the flow, well, the flow changed very little. Regardless, there are a few fish crossing now which is sorta…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report July 17th

Angling for trout salmon, steelhead and sturgeon will be prohibited at all times in the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls, including the Clackamas River up to the Interstate 205 Bridge, the Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River. At 2,000 cfs, the McKenzie remains low but fishable. The entire Santiam system is at summer level…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report July 10th – July 16th, 2015

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – This writer didn’t look back over previous years of data to see if there was record of Willamette Falls flow at less than the current 5,730 cfs but that’s the low. To further complicate the situation, current water temperature is 81 degrees. Needless to say but said…

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