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 19th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update July 19th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With metro area fisheries entering summer doldrums, anglers are looking west to coastal fisheries to satisfy their itch. Moderate temperatures however have kept trout fisheries on the table, and the Columbia River summer steelhead run is peaking for metro area anglers. The summer steelhead run is down from even last year’s dismal…

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,…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 21st, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 21st, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – The doldrums of summer are setting in for metro area rivers. The Willamette continues to produce mediocre late-season spring Chinook fishing in the Portland Harbor and effort for salmon saw a jump at Willamette Falls as well. Counts at Willamette Falls remain depressed, not even half of what the predicted pre-season prediction has…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 7, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update June 7, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – The Willamette River continues to produce fair-at-best results for spring Chinook, but trollers working the river downstream of the St. Johns Bridge have been doing fair recently. No matter how poorly the overall spring Chinook season has performed through the traditional peak season period (late April – May), there seems to be…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 17th, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update May 17th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Spring Chinook fishing in the Willamette River has nosedived. Creel numbers show the worst week 19 of the season in more than a decade. Despite fair water conditions, warm weather and a high pressure system has caused the bite to tank. The water temperature has eclipsed 62 degrees and spring Chinook should…