Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast November 8th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – The coho run on the Willamette is slowing down dramatically. The bulk of the run is over the falls, and providing some sport for upper basin anglers, but it’s a fishery that few have figured out. It’s effectively over for Willamette River coho. Catch and release sturgeon fishing should be…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 25th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Just when I called it a season on the Willamette, coho continue to cross Willamette Falls in respectable number. To date, over 6,600 adults have bypassed Willamette Falls, and although numbers are supposed to taper, I didn’t expect to see triple digit passage this time of year, based on historical…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, I finally checked another fishery off of my bucket list. The above Willamette Falls coho fishery didn’t necessarily impress me, but I could see its potential. I’ll go a bit more into my research in a bit. Myself and two friends headed out from the West Linn Boat Ramp…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report September 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With many realizing the banner coho return originally forecast isn’t going to come to fruition, anglers will lose the will to innovate their way to success (or at least I will). The mouth of the Clackamas and to a lesser degree Meldrum Bar should still produce an occasional keeper, but…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 19th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Much of the interest has tapered after the bulk of the hatchery coho have made their way upstream in the Clackamas River and upstream of the falls (where most are wild anyway). You CAN keep any coho upstream of Willamette Falls, but all wild coho must be released downstream of…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 12th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Much the same here, with only a few boats pursuing coho just below the mouth of the Clackamas River. With most of the coho now in the Clackamas, effort here has dwindled, but anglers remain interested in catch and release sturgeon fishing in the Portland Harbor. Sand shrimp, smelt and squid…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 4th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – There is some coho effort near the mouth of the Clackamas River, but anglers aren’t coming up with banner success. Anglers are also casting spinners at Meldrum Bar with limited success. Some anglers are also fishing at Dahl Park at the mouth of the Clackamas, taking a rare coho. ODF&W…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 21st, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still few anglers pursuing coho on the mainstem Columbia, mostly at the mouth of the Clackamas River. Some spinner casters are occasionally trying their luck there, but with low success rates being the norm, you’ll have plenty of room to work the bank. Good luck, you’ll need it.

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 14th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much activity here, especially with a dismal coho return in the forecast. There should be some effort at Dahl Park for spinner casters targeting coho, but the bowling alley hole and some effort at the Clackamette Park Boat Ramp is taking place with minimal success. On years of…

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Willamette River Fishing Report August 31st, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Although it’s still early for a coho fishery to develop here, at least the river has dropped about 10 degrees and can now harbor cold water fishes. There won’t be much effort, but casters may start appearing at the mouth of the Clackamas River in the coming weeks. Even in…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 15th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – Coho casters may start working Meldrum Bar and the mouth of the Clackamas as coho begin to arrive in better numbers this week. It’s certainly a hit or miss fishery, but one that is in close proximity to the metro area, where those not willing or able to drive out…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 8th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still nothing to write home about. There may be some coho casters at Meldrum Bar, or at the mouth of the Clackamas targeting coho. Don’t go in with high expectations however, you may get lucky. This section of the newsletter will remain relatively sparse for the foreseeable future.

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