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

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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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 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 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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