Willamette River Fishing Report July 12th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With spring Chinook season effectively over, we’ll be ramping down our Willamette reporting for the next few months. It’s warmwater species time on this system, of which I’m far from an expert. Good luck! Summer steelhead passage on they system is not great either so upper basin systems will produce…

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Willamette River Fishing Report July 5th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report July 5th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – This may very well be the last week we report on the Willamette for the next few months. We’re on the last legs of the spring Chinook run and besides warm water species, this river is about a wrap. Trollers working the Portland Harbor continue to see occasional spurts of…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s much the same on the mainstem Willamette; sporadic spring Chinook catches in the Portland Harbor and shad fishing at Oregon City remains productive, but tapering. It’s business as usual, without as many fish. Portland Harbor trollers are still catching fair numbers of spring Chinook, and that should last about…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 21st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 21st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Some of the lowest catches of the season took place on the lower Willamette this week. Effort has tapered as well, and there was a flurry of activity in the Oregon City area this week. And by flurry I mean 11 hatchery keepers for 130 boats for the week; just…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s still challenging fishing for Willamette River anglers. Creel reports have ceased for the middle river, but that was the least productive anyway. The few springers harvested in the upper reach were all of wild origin and anglers averaged about a fish for every 10 rods in the lower reach,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 7th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast June 7th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s been another week of sub-par fishing on the Willamette, although the fishing in the Portland Harbor is somewhat impressive. The Multnomah Channel and lower Portland Harbor continue to produce the best catch rates, but we’re seeing an increase in wild fish in the system. HERE is the reach by…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 31st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 31st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s been another low-producing week for Willamette River spring Chinook anglers, the second lowest catch week in the last decade. It’s odd to see so little effort in late May in Oregon City, everyone is shad fishing, there’s very little effort for spring Chinook. HERE is the reach-by-reach catch on…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 24th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 24th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It was another week of sub-par fishing on the Willamette. Under 200 spring Chinook were taken for the week, which is close to a tie for the lowest production week within the last decade for sampling week 20. The same pattern exists, catches are best in the lower reach of…

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Willamette River Fishing Report May 17th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report May 17th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well, the Willamette sure cleared out. With consistent flows and rising temperatures, interest in long hours and few fish are starting to get to people. Spring Chinook are present, they just not all that willing. Effort dropped off dramatically during this alleged “peak season,” where anglers are starting to re-focus…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 10th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 10th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – With consistently dropping flows, and warming waters, exacerbated by a low return year, Willamette River anglers are having a challenging time finding consistent catches of spring Chinook. Water conditions are good, we are just seeing fishery fatigue here. Last week’s creel census indicated the lower and upper reaches of the…

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Willamette River Fishing Report May 3rd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report May 3rd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s peak season for spring Chinook on the Willamette and by the number of boats in pursuit, that should be obvious by now. Following a great run last week, catches have become more of what an angler expects for a run of 40,000 adults back to the river. With more…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast April 26th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast April 26th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s finally cleared, and anglers are out in force. The Willamette is fishing well this week, and it should be, we’re in peak season. From the lower Multnomah Channel on Wednesday, to Oregon City where great flurries of springers were taken in hoglines and backtrollers working the Garbage Hole and…

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Willamette River Fishing Report April 12th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report April 12th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Well this will be easy… The river is blown out, and has been for several days. It’s surely got plenty of fish hiding away somewhere, but is far from fishable. The lower Multnomah Channel fished fair just before the blow-out, but since that was the only place to fish for…

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