Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook anglers went into the weekend with high expectations. After a short period of closed fishing, action on opening day is frequently impressive. That was clearly not the case for last Saturday’s opener. Long waits at area boat ramps turned out to be fruitless as most anglers were happy…

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North Coast Fishing Report and Forecast

North coast fishing report – Although still light, spring Chinook effort on Tillamook Bay is increasing. As we near the peak three weeks of the season (mid May through the first week of June), anglers are getting anxious for the high quality fish that will soon dominate effort in the district. There is justifiable excitement…

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Clackamas and Sandy River Fishing Reports

Most steelheaders have hung up their gear and are targeting spring Chinook now on the Clackamas, particularly given the poor summer steelhead return this year. Fishing for springers in low, clear water is a tough proposition but persistence coupled with a little bit of know-how can win out. The low water story is no shocker…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report- With no legal fishing activity happening on the mainstem Columbia in recent weeks, there obviously isn’t much to report. Dam passage remains great however with the technical advisory committee (TAC) meeting on 4/29 to update the run size. It does look positive as they upgraded the run size to 220,000 returning…

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Willamette, McKenzie and Santiam River Fishing Report and Forecast

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – With the dogwoods in bloom, so is the spring chinook bite on the lower Willamette River. Backtrollers at Oregon City and trollers in the harbor and the Multnomah Channel are producing good catches on herring and spinners. It looks like the traditional peak period on the Willamette…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – The most recent opener (Thursday, April 16th) produced various results for various locations. Lower river anglers reported fair-at-best results in the Westport/Puget Island area although anchor anglers working the Brookfield wing jetty reported a good bite on Thursday. Further upriver, those fishing I-5 saw some decent catching but far from…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – It was a no-brainer that we’d see a drastic improvement in spring Chinook action on the lower Columbia. Well, drastic may be pushing it a bit but anglers were tallying much more consistent results for salmon this week with improved catches coming from all areas of the lower river. Here…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – The temperature of the water spilling over Willamette Falls is in the mid-50s. Nearly 250 spring Chinook are upstream now, along with about 3,500 winter steelhead and about 140 summers. As of mid-day Thursday, April 2nd visibility was improving. Water level and flow at the McKenzie River…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

While we’ve been reporting on spring Chinook fishing in the lower Willamette for several weeks and not glowingly, this might be a good time to remind angers that the run is just getting started and the best by far is yet to come. Consider that harsh offshore conditions and extreme tides will slow the migration…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Columbia River Fishing Report – Action is ramping up on the lower Columbia where motivated anglers are avoiding the turbid waters below the input from the Willamette. Trollers are working the water from the airport to Davis Bar and soon, interest will be on the increase from Kalama to Brookfield when the Willamette ceases to…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report

As of March 18th, visibility at Willamette Falls is 1.7 feet which is the best it has been this week. The flow has also been moderating. Turbid water hasn’t kept trollers off the lower river but when visibility is poor, fishing is likely to be slow and that has been the case. Unless the quarry…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Spring Chinook anglers are trying their luck on the mainstem Columbia and largely coming up empty. Most would agree however that early fish are tasty fish and well worth the effort, especially in the nice weather we’ve been having. One report remains consistent throughout the fleet however, there are large numbers of sea-lions in the…

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Willamette bound springers might but taking their right turn

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring chinook are being caught with more regularity. It’s clear that low, warmer than normal water is having an impact on fish migration. Bonneville Dam has now tallied over 40 fish, most of them in the last few days. Last year at this time, only 4 fish had passed. It…

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Sturgeon fishery continues to provide some steady action

Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report – Waters of the lower Willamette will experience little change from the rainfall that will effect smaller rivers and streams of the next couple of days. There may be some roiling, however, from muddy water washing downriver. If this occurs, think sturgeon rather than springers. Precipitation over today…

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Anglers are becoming more anxious for fresh spring Chinook

Columbia River Fishing Report – Anglers are becoming more anxious for fresh spring chinook options on the mainstem Columbia. Plunkers will begin to grow in number with boaters soon to follow. There already is some consistent effort around Kalama but what few fish are being caught are likely steelhead. As we enter March, especially given…

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