Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

Although Springers are Fading, the Bite is Not Willamette River Fishing Report – Cooler than normal temperatures on the Willamette have kept late-running spring Chinook biting and anglers interested in the largely Portland Harbor troll fishery. You’ve heard us say it more than once, it’s an early morning show and anglers should have another few…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette is still booting out rather impressive catches of spring Chinook given the depressed return this year. Guides are reporting 20 to 30 fish a day coming from the St. Johns area of the lower Willamette. Although not a surprise that catches are happening, the catch rates in the…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

Willamette Springers Still Biting, Oregon City Surprises and Santiam is Fishing! Willamette River Fishing Report – As you may have read in the Fisheries Update, the Willamette River continues to put out spring Chinook for the troll fleet. The mark rate for hatchery fish in the lower Willamette faded, but 1,925 anglers caught 370 springers…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

Springer Bite Starting to Slow, Shad Taking Off Willamette River Fishing Report – Excitement in the Willamette fishery is waning, and so are the catch rates for spring Chinook. Catch rates actually bumped from last week, which was a bit surprising although it wasn’t much of a bump. The weekly fishery can best be summarized…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

Spring Chinook Still On Tap, Shad Starting to Inundate Anglers Willamette River Fishing Report – As statistics and expectations dictate, catch on the mainstem Willamette is on the drop, as is effort. This week, anglers fishing the Willamette netted just 239 spring Chinook, 194 hatchery fish, 45 wild ones. That was for a grand total…

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Willamette River Fishing Report

Springers are passing Willamette Falls, but action in the channel is still good. Willamette River Fishing Report – Catches are slowly slowing (yes, I said that…) on the Willamette River. It’s to be expected as the peak run works its way upriver in mid-May. Creel data showed an increase in effort, but a decrease in…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

We’ve Passed the Peak, but Spring Chinook Remain a Fair Option on the Willamette. We still have several weeks, or even over a month of fair to good spring Chinook fishing on the mainstem Willamette River. Biters will be found through the fourth of July holiday. That said, we’re past the peak season if you…

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The best catches remain in the Multnomah Channel

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette keeps being the Willamette. At least it’s consistent. Nothing has changed this week on the river. The best catches remain in the Multnomah Channel and in case you missed it, trollers working the channel are catching near 10X the number of springers as trollers in the middle and…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 1st, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s definitely an off again, off again, kinda on, off again fishery here on the Willamette. There’s more challenging day than successful ones. We’re really going to test the number of fish per hour of effort this year. The Multnomah Channel has been a bit of an exception however. There…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast April 17th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Another mediocre week of spring Chinook fishing in what most determine as near peaks season for Willamette River anglers. The lower Willamette (From the mouth to the St. Johns Bridge, including the Multnomah Channel) yielded the most keeper fish (288 and an additional 58 released) for also having the greatest…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast April 10th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – With water conditions ideal, weather conditions very appealing, and as we enter into peak season for spring Chinook, the Willamette is inundated with anglers despite a shelter-in-place order by the Governor. Can’t say I blame folks however, it’s a personal decision and depending on where and whom you recreate with,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report April 3rd, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – COVID-19 hasn’t seem to have stopped the motivation for a Willamette River spring Chinook. Yes, effort did drop since the previous week, but it’s hard to say if it was because of the COVID-19 virus or a change in the weather. I’m sure both were factors. You can look at…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 27th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook fishing is picking up on the mainstem Willamette, although anglers may be having a hard time finding a place to launch their boats. You can review the catch statistics from the link below, but overall and as expected, fishing has picked up this week. The surprising statistic is…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 20th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Effort was only slightly on the rise for Willamette River spring Chinook anglers. Last week’s catch and effort statistics can best be summed up from ODF&W itself. Lower River (Mouth to St Johns Bridge, including the Multnomah Channel – 9 spring Chinook kept, 6 released for 919 angler trips. Middle…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 13th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – Although spring Chinook anglers are out in ernst, they are not often coming home with a March prized spring Chinook. There are certainly fish in the system with numbers likely building daily, but there is a lot of effort for little catch going on as of now. The first week…

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