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…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 29th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Catches of Willamette River spring Chinook continue to impress anglers down about the overall basin’s return. Trollers working the head of the Multnomah Channel are still taking salmon with some regularity using Pro-trolls with small 3.5 spinners in tow. It’s best to target high tide, but sporadic catches are happening throughout the day…

Oregon & SW Washington Fisheries Update June 14th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Catches of spring Chinook have often improved on the Willamette during the middle of June in recent years. Anglers have been looking forward to this time frame and early reports are indicating that fresh fish are moving through the system here. The head of the Multnomah Channel seems to have improved for…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 18th 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – After an all-out effort for the 2018 Willamette Salmon Quest, well over 30 boats participated in the signature Steelheader’s event tallying about a fish per boat average. Jerry Toman took first place with five spring Chinook taken in the Oregon City area, a rare success story given the poor water conditions we’re…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 3rd, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – With the Willamette now fully seeded with spring Chinook, all reaches of the river from Oregon City to St. Helens are producing spring Chinook. Catches aren’t explosive, but are fairly consistent for the nearly ideal water conditions the fleet is currently enjoying. Oregon City, at least for most of the day, has…

Oregon Fisheries Update April 5th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers working the Columbia continue to find inconsistent results, although action picked up fairly significantly on Thursday (today). Springers are being caught from Altoona near Astoria to Camas near the entrance to the gorge. Test netting from last Sunday indicates the run had yet to arrive, but improvement was noted by mid-week.…

Oregon Fisheries Update March 29th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Spring Chinook anglers on the Columbia River remain largely disappointed in their effort outcomes when action should be picking up. Water temperatures are becoming more favorable, but remain relatively cold to stimulate migration. Managers have modeled the fishery to go through April 7th, but unless catch rates ramp up, and there is…

Oregon Fisheries Update March 23rd, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – After a brief lull in spring Chinook activity, action took off for many early this week. Sellwood stalwart John “The Sultan of Sellwood” Shmilenko caught four spring Chinook on herring at his favorite haunt. Water conditions have been excellent throughout the week, but a significant bump and subsequent downturn in water clarity…