Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast

The Sturgeon Opener Underwhelmed; Springers Are Still An Option Willamette River Fishing Report – Not many would have expected the spring Chinook opportunity to overshadow the first catch and keep sturgeon fishery on the Willamette this week, but sturgeon anglers came away quite disappointed from the Saturday opener. Reports from anglers were pretty consistent; poor…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 17th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report January 17th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast – Big, brown and not very fishy this week. I’m not sure anyone fished the high, roily water and if they did, they certainly spent some time dodging debris. On the good news front, there have not been any sightings of California Sea Lions to date. The Stellar variety…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report December 27th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – After a roily ride of a river rise, not much has changed, but the river is back on the drop so expect steelhead to respond to more favorable passage conditions at Willamette Falls. To date, passage remains under 100 fish, but there is some catch-up counts to do so counts…

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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 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 November 22nd, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Nothing new to report here, sturgeon fishing in the Portland Harbor is good and should remain that way. It may not be long before the first winter steelhead is taken at Meldrum Bar, but not likely this week. The river is low and clear, and devoid of fish, although sea…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 16th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much going on here, with the exception of lower river sturgeon. Fresh sand shrimp, smelt or squid remain top options for bait. The season’s first spring Chinook is still months away. Target sturgeon downstream of the Fremont Bridge. There is a ray of hope for the Willamette however.…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 9th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’ll be a sturgeon show for quite some time. With the coho all upstream and steelhead still months away, anglers will remain focused on Portland Harbor sturgeon for the foreseeable future. You know the routine, use fresh sand shrimp or smelt if you can find it. Squid is a good…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast May 18th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Lake Willamette is not performing like one would think for mid-May. Catches in the upper reach have gone stagnant. Sorry for those that read last week’s report, I was reading the ODF&W stats backwards. The better fishing has been in the lower reach, not the upper reach as I had…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 23rd, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still a catch and release sturgeon show here, for the few folks taking advantage of the fishery. Continued rain events make it a bit of a treacherous river to navigate so be cautious of what’s flowing from upstream. The best sturgeon fishing is still taking place downstream of the Milwaukie…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 16, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – Besides catch and release sturgeon fishing, there is nothing to report on the Willamette River. Those that wish to target sturgeon, should fish in the Milwaukie area, or skip downstream of the Fremont Bridge and target sturgeon in the Portland Harbor. Smelt or sand shrimp, squid too, should produce results.…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Nov 4th

Ha! Welcome to Oregon in November. The greenest state in the nation on the wettest month of the year. Enjoy your stay. Here are your fins and goggles. Oh, and here’s your fishing rod! Willamette waters have been high recently but is dropping and it’s supposed to be dry today and tomorrow. The McKenzie has…

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