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 April 24th, 2020

Willamette River Fishing Report – The lower Willamette River was once again the place to be, especially if it was hatchery fish you were seeking. The reach from the mouth to St. Johns Bridge, including Multnomah Channel produced over 500 keeper springers last week, the best of the season of course. There were reliable reports…

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Willamette River Fishing Report February 1st, 2019

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette has cleared from the recent high water event, although flows remain high. That’s a good scenario for plunkers working Meldrum Bar just downstream from the mouth of the Clackamas River. Action hasn’t been explosive by any means, but there are a few fish being caught, and the occasional…

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Willamette River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2018

Willamette River Fishing Report – The Willamette creel check shows this was an “on-par” week as far as averages go, even with a bump in turbidity. Catches are spread pretty evenly throughout the river, with the Oregon City reach starting to pick up in momentum. Here are the ODF&W creel checks for all three segments…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Aug 12th

Flows at Willamette Falls have dropped slightly over the past two weeks while water temperatures, which climbed as high as 76 degrees around the 5th of August, are currently 72. As of Aug. 10th, the passage count of spring Chinook adults at Willamette Falls stood at 30,176 fish while the summer steelhead count at Willamette…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for July 1st

Lower Willamette water temperature is, has been and will be in the 70-degree range. Yep, it’s summertime, all right. Rain this week? Zero, nada, zip and all those other phrases that mean, “It ain’t happening.” Waters of the Willamette are clear and have been all month, varying for seven to nearly nine feet of visibility,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for April 15th

Fishing on the lower Willamette has been a mostly rewarding experience, depending on what specie one is targeting. Sturgeon fishing has rarely disappointed with a similar experience shared by bass fishers. Sure, the springer bite hasn’t been red hot (or even lukewarm for the most part) but time is on our side in this case,…

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Willamette, McKenzie & Santiam Rivers Fishing Report for Feb 12th

Water level and flow have been on a downward trend since the first day of February with water visibility improving to 2,8 feet as of the latest reading. While the significance of an average of 50 or so winter steelhead passing the Falls on their upriver journey, as is the February 9th total of 1,654,…

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