OREGON: June 11-12 is Free Fishing Weekend

Willamette Valley/Metro

– Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12 is Free Fishing Weekend. No licenses or harvest cards are required which creates an excellent opportunity to show a friend, neighbor or youngster the outdoor opportunities existing in Oregon.

Anglers below Bonneville Dam continue to struggle finding willing salmon or steelhead to take gear. Bank angling holds some of the best opportunities but with persistent high water, fish are hard to target. The river is forecast to remain high through mid-month. Jack counts are on track to break the historical record meaning a productive 2012 is likely.

Lower Willamette flow is moderating slightly. About 20,000 springers and 9,000 summer steelhead have crossed the falls. Spring chinook fishing is slow in the Oregon City area but persistence will provide one or two chances per day. The Multnomah Channel and the lower Portland Harbor are booting out great catches of late run chinook however. Trolled spinners and herring are working well. Shad are in at Oregon City but catches should improve when water temperatures climb.

Following fluctuations in flow this week, the McKenzie should settle down and fish well in the coming weekend.

Santiam water levels remain high although spring chinook are being caught below Waterloo.

With water flow moderating slightly this week, steelheading is fair on the Clackamas with spring prospects improving.

Results are slow to fair on the Sandy although persistent anglers are taking a few. Try drifting eggs and yarn for springers.

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