Willamette River Fishing Report April 12th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – With the Willamette blown out, effort has been zeroed out for justifiable reasons. Prior to the blow-out, action had been fairly good from the Portland Harbor to Milwaukie reach. Click below to see how the breakout was by section for the Willamette sport fishery last week. You’ll see my report…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 9th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Still not much to report here. With an absence of Clackamas River steelhead, one can’t expect much from the Meldrum Bar fishery. It shouldn’t be long however, until action picks up for Meldrum Bar plunkers as well as Clackamas River fishers, it’s just not happening yet. Sturgeon of course remain…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 2nd, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – It’s big, it’s brown, it’s unproductive. That likely won’t change anytime soon. River levels are expected to drop through the weekend, and into next week. Maybe the year’s first spring Chinook will be caught soon? Look for some pressure to start in at Sellwood Bridge, with the Sultan of Sellwood,…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 19th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Although high and colored water persists, there are a few folks still out pursuing fish. I saw one boat working the Lake Line at Oregon City, for what, I’m not sure. There should be some steelhead around, but only around 200 have passed the falls. You might guess where about…

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Willamette River Fishing Report January 11th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – Effort for winter steelhead continues to be low. Meldrum Bar plunkers remain unimpressed with this season’s results and counts at Bonneville continue to show why. The run is tracking slightly less than last year’s dismal returns and folks are simply losing hope for a productive season. The Clackamas fish have…

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Willamette River Fishing Reports December 15th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Reports – Anglers are finally starting to see favorable fishing conditions for the Willamette River. Sturgeon remain high on the “possibilities” list, but like other species on the Willamette, there isn’t much effort out for them. It remains the better option over the Columbia, largely due to the fact it’s a few…

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Willamette River Fishing Report December 1st, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette is yielding good catches of sturgeon for those interested in this great catch and release fishery. Sturgeon to 5-foot are not uncommon, but the action is good throughout the Portland Harbor. Smelt and sand shrimp are the preferred baits. Plunkers are working Meldrum Bar for early run winter…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 27th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – With the river blown out for much of the week, debris and turbid waters kept most away. There are sturgeon present however, with savvy anglers producing fair catches even in the high water. The spinner casters at Dahl Point (mouth of the Clackamas River) did not have a productive season…

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Willamette River Fishing Report October 13th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette remains a good spot for those wishing to target catch and release sturgeon opportunities. The recent catch and keep sturgeon opener WILL NOT apply to Willamette River sturgeon; it would just burn through the quota too quickly. There are good catches from Milwaukie downstream to the mouth, but…

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Willamette River Fishing Report September 29th, 2017

Willamette River Fishing Report – There are a few folks pursuing coho near the mouth of the Clackamas, but anglers don’t come into this fishery with high expectations. Fall is a good time to start exploring catch and release opportunities for sturgeon in the Willamette. As the water cools, sturgeon will move into the lower…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 9th

The online data PDF for Willamette Falls looked wrong. There was almost no information and – oh yeah! – New Year, new information. But not much of it as one might well imagine just a few days into 2015 through the middle of this week. With the water temperature at 40 degrees, there have been…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Jan 1, 2016

For the first time in nearly three weeks, steelhead tallied a daily count in the double digits at Willamette Falls on December 29th. Sure, it was only 10 fish, but still, that brings the upstream total to 123 as of that date. Besides, nothing else is happening at the Falls and we wanted you to…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Nov 13th

With water temperatures in the 50s and flows fluctuating thanks to periodic precipitation passing through, daily counts at Willamette Falls indicate, well, almost nothing moving. But wait, what’s this? A couple of dozen winter steelhead have been counted. And with that, yet another season begins. The most recent weather front to pass over the Willamette…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Nov 6th

Willamette flows as reported at the Falls nearly doubled from the last day of October to the 1st of November. It has been moderating since that time with visibility holding at around three feet. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50s. Fall Chinook passage has all but come to a standstill with about…

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