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 22, 2019

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update March 22, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although two spring Chinook have now crossed Bonneville Dam, the bulk of the run is still months away. Peak passage at Bonneville used to happen around the 3rd week of April, but in recent years, has pushed back to mid-May or later, giving biologists an added challenge in managing the fishery. The Columbia…

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 22nd, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – With metro rivers just coming off of their high from last week’s precipitation, activity is coming about for steelhead and spring Chinook may be on the table this weekend as well. Steelheaders working the Clackamas finally tallied some respectable numbers on Saturday, with one guide boat reporting six fish to the boat for…

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 February 1st, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – Although steelhead season is rapidly headed toward peak season, catches have remained fair-at-best in the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers. Fluctuating flows due to the freezing level haven’t helped much either, but anglers have been waiting for February to come, and with it, more consistent catches of winter steelhead. Both the Sandy and Clackamas…

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 January 18th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro – It’s been a chilly several days for metro steelheaders. The Sandy River in particular falls prey to bitter east winds from the Gorge, shutting down what bite was there, and making for uncomfortable conditions for those still in pursuit. There’s been a bit of a lull for action here, but a weather…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 11th, 2019

Willamette Valley/Metro –  Clackamas and Sandy River anglers are gearing up for better catches in the coming weeks. Steelhead on both systems are starting to show with more frequency with some quality fish over 10 pounds coming from both river systems recently. For the Clackamas, anglers should focus on the river downstream of Barton Park.…

Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update January 4th, 2019

For those having trouble tagging fish with the new ODF&W app, an update is available, go HERE to find more info. Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers are reminded to purchase their 2019 Oregon fishing licenses and tags before heading out on their next fishing, crabbing or clamming adventure. It’s easy to forget the new year requirement, especially if…

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 December 7, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Cold weather has gripped much of the Portland area, causing steelheaders to re-think their outing strategies, especially since it’s still early in the season. Steelhead are certainly present in the Sandy and Clackamas systems, a bitter east wind keeps Sandy River anglers especially cold given its proximity to the Columbia River Gorge. Catches have…