Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update August 10th, 2018

Willamette Valley/Metro – Mainstem Columbia River anglers are readying their gear for fall salmon season, which opened up on August 1st. It’s still weeks away from the peak, but with the reopener, any Chinook, fin-clipped or not, may be retained. Seasons are more constrained than they have been in year’s past so be sure to…

Oregon Fisheries Update September 22nd, 2017

Willamette Valley/Metro – With declining dam counts, come declining success rates. Chinook counts at Bonneville have consistently dipped below 10,000 fish a day, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t catchable numbers of fish around. Trollers working Pro Troll flashers and spinners are still taking fish with fair regularity in the Bonneville to St. Helens reach…

Soapbox Update for Feb 12th

Can Congress Get the Job Done? On the heels of a 1-day opener for Eulachon Smelt on the Cowlitz River last Saturday, we once again reflect on the differences we see today, versus just 2 decades ago when looking at our aquatic ecosystems, either fresh or salt. With El Nino still looming, and a very…

Oregon Fisheries Update May 15th – May 21st

Willamette Valley Fishing Report – Despite increased opportunity with the re-opener of the Columbia, catches remained subdued last Saturday and likely will for the remainder of the spring Chinook season too. Dam counts at Bonneville have dropped below 2,000 fish although that’s likely to range back into the 2,000/day range over the next week or…