Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 6th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 6th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Did somebody shut the water off? Winter steelhead passage at Willamette Falls has dropped to zero. I don’t think there’s any sea lions to thwart them, just low water at this point. There may be some steelhead stacking up by Goat Island, but no one is fishing for them. Catch and release…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 22nd, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With little going on in the basin, folks are looking for opportunities to the west, but those opportunities too are on the wane. Coho passage at Willamette Falls is but a trickle and the catch and release fishery for sturgeon in the Portland Harbor doesn’t seem to draw much interest, at least…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 15th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update November 15th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Passage of coho at Willamette Falls has slowed dramatically. The number remains around 7,300 adults for 2019 and likely won’t bump much for the remainder of the season. Effort for coho above the falls has slowed. Similarly, coho counts at Eagle Creek on the Clackamas River has slowed, with a near final…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 25th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 25th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the re-opener of the Columbia, there was some interest in salmon fishing both above and below Bonneville Dam. This time of year, folks look upriver to target late-running coho that are still in the reservoirs, waiting to enter their home tributaries. The update from both the salmon opener and the sturgeon…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 18th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Fishery managers brought some late-breaking but good news this week, with the re-opener of the mainstem Columbia for coho salmon only. The fishery is now open from Buoy 10 to The Dalles Dam. For the most accurate information, go HERE. Also embedded in this press release is details for another 2 days…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 11th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Salmon are moving upstream, the mainstem remains closed, but on a good note, anglers will get another day of sturgeon fishing as outlined in THIS PRESS RELEASE this Saturday, October 12th from the Wauna Powerlines to Bonneville Dam. The Willamette coho fishery is slowing, I explored the above Willamette Falls fishery and…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 4th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update October 4th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the mainstem Columbia now closed to Chinook, coho, steelhead and sturgeon, metro anglers are focusing their efforts on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers, as well as headed west to the Oregon Coast in pursuit of fall Chinook. Anglers took another 114 keeper sturgeon from the last opener (9/26) where the keeper…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 16th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 16th, 2019

This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, Aug. 17-18, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming). Willamette Valley/Metro – Reliable reports are coming from the mainstem…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 9th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 9th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the mainstem Columbia now open for fall Chinook, most metro anglers are flocking to the coast for fishing opportunity that we haven’t seen in quite some time. The river is now open by Portland but even with rumors of fish being taken around Longview recently, anglers remain focused on estuary fisheries…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 26th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 26th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Traditionally, summer steelhead anglers are creel deep in success on the Columbia River, but a depressed return this year has limited angler’s ability to bring home a prize. Passage at Bonneville is fair but warm water conditions and far fewer fish than normal will continue to challenge anglers for the remainder of…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 12th, 2019

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…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 5th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 5th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – We are entering the final phase of opportunity for spring Chinook on the Willamette River. Portland Harbor trollers continue to see sporadic success at the head of the Multnomah Channel. Pro Trolls with size 3.5 spinners behind them should continue to produce results through the 4th of July holiday. After that, the run…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 28th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 28th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – An occasional flurry of spring Chinook activity is being reported from the Portland Harbor for trollers working spinners and Pro-Trolls during early morning and around high tide. This fishery typically produces into the July 4th holiday, with fish destined for the upper Willamette and Clackamas River systems. Expect another week of opportunity here,…