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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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 6th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette is in great condition for all kinds of fishing opportunity, if only they just existed right now. There are still a fair number of anglers trying, and of course there are springers being caught nearly every day, just not in great numbers. The spring Chinook anglers just can’t…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – After a slight bump early this week, the Willamette is dropping back down to a nice level and spring Chinook anglers have been fast after it again late this week. Springers are being caught nearly every day, with Sellwood and the Milwaukie area prime places to target for rare early…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast February 7th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – I think folks know the story here, the Willamette remains high and muddy, and won’t be coming down into fishable shape in the very near future. We’re expecting another bump over the weekend, and then a gradual fall after mid-week. We’re still many days away from dreaming of a Willamette…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 24th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – No love in sight… With the Willamette River just now starting to rise, it won’t get any more fishable in the near future. Rest assured however, when it does clear, the Sultan of Sellwood and his fellow anglers will be in pursuit of the season’s first spring Chinook, likely to…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 10th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – With a sharp rise in river levels, anglers weren’t out in force this week, most likely in pursuit of sturgeon on the lower river. Sturgeon should be spread throughout the lower river, from Milwaukie downstream and the winter months are a good time to pursue some catch and release opportunities.…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report December 13th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s awful lonely out there. Despite good water conditions for steelhead and sturgeon, interest for either species is not at an all time high. One friend stated that he had heard an abnormal number of splashes that sounded more steelhead-like than sturgeon. He lives just a bit downstream of Meldrum…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 6th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s all about the sturgeon right now. We’re still early for winter steelhead although there are certainly come in the system, likely in the Oregon City area. They don’t know what to do with themselves with the low water (likely preventing them from crossing Willamette Falls) and no sea lions…

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Willamette River Fishing Report November 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report November 28th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – You’d have to be pretty motivated to dig into catch and release sturgeon fishing on the lower Willamette. There has been minimal effort and therefore, few reports are coming in about how the fishing actually is. Fall fishing for sturgeon here can be good and it should be picking up…

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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 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 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 5th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s been a consistent week on the Willamette, catches remain best in the lower two reaches of the river, but action is fair near Oregon City too. Consistent water conditions yields consistent fishing, that’s no secret. Most are wondering about the upcoming predicted rain freshet, it should draw in a…

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Willamette River Fishing Report March 22nd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report March 22nd, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – Interest is growing for this fishery and catches weren’t all that bad in certain reaches of river last week. The lower river, particularly the Multnomah Channel, put out some fair catches with 60 fish caught (44 retained, 16 released) for 1,478 angling trips. The middle river yielded 1,200 angling trips for…

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