Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update for April 5, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update for April 5, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro –Unprecedented opportunity for spring Chinook has yielded high effort and fair results in the recent week. Catches are tracking ahead of the 5-year average and in the lower (Multnomah Channel) and middle (Portland Harbor) reaches of the Willamette, catches almost tripled from the previous week. Realistically however, catches are still only averaging a…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 29, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With consistent flows on the Willamette River, spring Chinook anglers have been enjoying good water conditions as we approach peak season for the fishery. Traditionally, the spring Chinook fishery peaked in the third week of April, but most recently, catches have been sporadic throughout the months of April, May and even June as…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 15th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Continued cold, dry weather is still hampering steelhead success on the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers. It’s a bit past peak on the Sandy, but hatchery fish should still be available, and Clackamas River anglers are still struggling for consistent success, but we’re just now entering peak season. Sandy River anglers are catching…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 8th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Following the long dry spell, Portland area rivers, even the mighty Willamette, are putting out salmon and steelhead to savvy anglers. The Willamette started fishing again early this week, with the “Sultan of Sellwood” taking a 2-fish limit at Sellwood Bridge on Monday. John Shmilenko (“The Sultan”) is the temperature gauge for…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 1st, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Metro rivers from the Sandy and Clackamas to the Willamette have been dropping and clearing all week. That puts smaller systems into low and clear water conditions, and the larger Willamette prime for spring Chinook action once again. The Sandy has been producing fair to good catches this week, although anglers are…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update February 15th, 2019

Free Fishing Weekend is happening over the President’s Day holiday. There will be numerous trout stockings this week so check the ODF&W web site for your best chances. It’ll take some kind of angler to get inspired if the weather forecast holds true. Willamette Valley/Metro – After a prolonged period of dry, cold weather, rain…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 25th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Following the last significant rain freshet, the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers came into fishable shape earlier this week. Anglers still struggled in the higher flows, but better numbers of fish were starting to show on each of these river systems. Broodstock collection is still lagging behind last year’s sweep, but there is still…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update December 14, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers continue to wait for metro angling opportunity, the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers are still weeks away from kicking off. Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920)  of O2BFISHN Guide Service reports “Well, this week we saw the first real good rainfall of the year. The river is slowly climbing with this week long of rain.…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 28th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – With no mainstem Columbia opportunity for salmon in the recent past or near future, anglers were focused on the last of the 2 open days for sturgeon last Saturday. The results were not impressive as anglers reported slow fishing for both keepers and shakers on the 22nd. Numbers are fully tallied, this could…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update September 14th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the emergency closure at the end of the day on Wednesday (September 12th), anglers got their last licks in on Chinook, which are in peak migration in the middle river right now. Action had been sporadic by section but the lower deadline near the mouth of the Kalama River and the…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 24th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although the mainstem Columbia River fall Chinook fishery has yet to take off locally, it’s only a matter of days as salmon counts are beginning to build at Bonneville Dam. Soon, trollers working Pro-trolls and spinners will be working from Bonneville to Longview, hooking up salmon to 30+ pounds as peak migration…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 3rd, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although Chinook are now “on the table” for metro area anglers on the mainstem Columbia, peak passage is still several weeks away. Reports of Chinook are coming from the Kalama area however, certainly encouraging given the sub-par spring and summer run this year. Steelhead anglers are still taking a few fish, but…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 6th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although the mainstem Columbia closed a bit early for summer Chinook, catches weren’t impressive as the run size has been downgraded reflecting the continued downward trend for Chinook fisheries west coast wide. Hopefully, the fall run scheduled to open on August 1st comes in as predicted. Sockeye are the surprise to date…