Willamette River Fishing Report March 8th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – I never thought I’d advocate for effort on spring Chinook in early March, but there are fishable numbers being taken in the Sellwood Bridge to Milwaukie area. I’m pleasantly surprised with the action I’ve been hearing/seeing this week. I fished with the Sultan of Sellwood on Tuesday and Wednesday, and although…

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Willamette River Fishing Report March 1st, 2019

Willamette River fishing Report – With the river being high and muddy since last weekend, nobody has been out in pursuit of the few spring Chinook that are available. The river is dropping and clearing rapidly however changing the game for this weekend. With no effort, there’s nothing to report. Sturgeon fishing has remained the…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 22nd 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, at the time of this report, anglers hadn’t had a great deal of time to pursue spring Chinook in the Willamette, but on Thursday, they did and at least three were taken according to the Sultan. It sounded like the morning bite was better than the afternoon effort. The river…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 8th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, it’s been done. The season’s first spring Chinook was caught early this week, on Monday as a matter of fact, by Dave Frey of Lake Oswego. Dave caught the 16-pound springer on a prawn near the Railroad bridge in Milwaukie. The following day, he caught a nice broodstock steelhead on…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 1st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette has cleared from the recent high water event, although flows remain high. That’s a good scenario for plunkers working Meldrum Bar just downstream from the mouth of the Clackamas River. Action hasn’t been explosive by any means, but there are a few fish being caught, and the occasional…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 18th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – About what you’d expect for this time of year, not much going on even though water conditions are conducive for all kinds of fishing. It’s early for spring Chinook, but some anglers are out trying, to no avail however. That won’t change in the near future, especially given the river…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 4th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much has changed in the Willamette, with high flows and turbid water. Flows have dropped down from last week’s previous high however, but we’re in for another wallop later next week. Plunkers have been relatively quiet on Meldrum Bar, even though there are some Clackamas River steelhead hitting…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 28th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Willamette flows are subsiding, allowing steelheaders interested in working Meldrum Bar a chance at Clackamas River bound steelhead. Of course there are steelhead that are bound for upper Willamette tributaries too, but that run remains depressed with the hit they’ve taken by sea lions in recent years. That will change…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 21st, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – The river has taken a recent jump and is expected to rise once again following the weekend deluge. With not much to fish for on the Willamette, there isn’t much at stake anyway. There  has been some steelhead effort at Meldrum Bar, but catches have been next to zero, especially…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 14th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Same story, different day… Sturgeon fishing remains great, few people are doing it. Frozen anchoives, smelt, squid or fresh shrimp will do the trick. Meldrum Bar has yet to put out much in the way of steelhead catches, but effort is light. As the Willamette drops from the current rise,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 30th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Sturgeon will be the mainstay for mainstem Willamette River anglers, but don’t overlook Meldrum Bar right now if you’ve got nothing else better to do than pursue a rare early season steelhead; there has been at least one steelhead caught in the lower Clackamas River. You already know the story…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 9th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much to report here. With an absence of Clackamas River steelhead, one can’t expect much from the Meldrum Bar fishery. It shouldn’t be long however, until action picks up for Meldrum Bar plunkers as well as Clackamas River fishers, it’s just not happening yet. Sturgeon of course remain…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 19th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Although high and colored water persists, there are a few folks still out pursuing fish. I saw one boat working the Lake Line at Oregon City, for what, I’m not sure. There should be some steelhead around, but only around 200 have passed the falls. You might guess where about…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 8th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – Sturgeon and a few steelhead highlight the Willamette options this week. As you might guess, it’ll be a short report. Sturgeon fishing remains best downstream of Milwaukie and in the Portland Harbor for those using sand shrimp and smelt for bait. Catch and release opportunities abound for the few taking…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 1st, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette is yielding good catches of sturgeon for those interested in this great catch and release fishery. Sturgeon to 5-foot are not uncommon, but the action is good throughout the Portland Harbor. Smelt and sand shrimp are the preferred baits. Plunkers are working Meldrum Bar for early run winter…

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