Posts Tagged ‘OREGON’

OREGON: Late Summer Steelhead from Barton Park to Rivermill Dam

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Mediocre salmon fishing continues at Bonneville, although fish passage over the dam is dwindling. A few chinook and the occasional coho are caught by boaters and bank anglers alike. Bait-wrapped Kwikfish and spinners are getting fish for the boaters, while wobblers and spin n glows are preferred by fishermen working off the shore. The October opener for sturgeon has been cancelled due to the quota being caught but remains open for catch and release.

The Willamette River is producing a handful of smallmouth for anglers putting in some effort. Last week some coho were reported off the mouth of the Clackamas River, but the falls count dropped significantly earlier this week.

October caddis are hatching in the evening on the McKenzie River. Matching this hatch will yield large trout.

There are a few coho in the North Santiam which is open for them to the Stayton/Scio Bridge. It opens upstream on November 1.

The Clackamas has put out a few coho and almost an equal amount of late summer steelhead from Barton Park upstream to Rivermill Dam, but anglers are working hard for a few opportunities.

The Sandy River has been a disappointment to coho anglers as of yet, but some hold hope that there is still more to come. A few have been caught at the mouth and even fewer up at Cedar Creek but the forecasted rain for the weekend could bring a strong push.

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OREGON: Columbia River is Kicking Out Chinook Salmon

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Columbia River is kicking out chinook salmon from Tongue Point all the way up to Bonneville Dam, with coho and steelhead being part of the catch to boot. Nearly 15,000 chinook a day are passing through the Bonneville Dam fish ladders and that number will likely double any day now. But surprisingly more than 1500 steelhead a day are still making the commute. Although Bonneville hasn’t seen the peak of its action yet, this fishery is already in full swing. Backtrolling sardine wrapped Kwikfish will be the preferred method for boaters while plunking a spinner, wobbler or spin n glow will work well for the bank bound anglers. The Bonneville fishery will peak by the end of September but last well into October.

Check the new regulations before fishing your stretch of the Columbia as new ones exist this year. Wobbler plunkers are finding sporadic success despite large numbers of fish passing through the Portland to St. Helens area. The upcoming stronger tide series may bolster catches.

There might be a few coho staging below the mouth of the Clackamas on the Willamette River but no successful reports have surfaced as of yet. Bass fishing will pick up with the cooler temperatures and any fall freshets.

The recent cool spell and lower overnight temperatures have combined to boost results for fly fishers targeting trout and steelhead on the McKenzie River.

Steelheading has been slow to fair on the South Santiam. On this and other rivers, try fishing below spawning salmon with roe or egg imitations.

No reports of coho on the Clackamas yet. Given that fewer coho have been planted the last few years, a small return is expected. These fish will shoot right up to Eagle Creek and the water below Rivermill Dam.

Reports have come in of a few coho being caught at the mouth of the Sandy and rumors of a handful milling around up at Cedar Creek. At the mouth, casting spinners is the method of choice either from a boat or wading out to the sand bar and casting into the deeper channel. When some measurable rain comes to the valley, the coho will pour up towards Cedar Creek.

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OREGON: Angler Effort will Shift to the Lower Willamette for Spring Chinook

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With the Columbia now closed, angler effort will shift to the lower Willamette for spring chinook. Catch rates slowed by the weekend although some boats fared well in Saturday’s Quest fishing tournament. Fishery managers will now be watching dam counts at Bonneville, making a run size update that will dictate further opportunity for both the sport and commercial fleets. Counts are jumping exponentially and are likely to peak late in the coming two weeks.

Although sturgeon are an option, very few will pursue keepers in the mainstem until late in June when the estuary fishery begins to take off. The Willamette remains full of sturgeon for catch and release opportunities.

This is the historical peak week for the Willamette fishery but anglers remain perplexed for the lack of success in recent days. Water clarity is improving as well as temperature but a steady rise in the river levels has put fish off. Dave Wacker of Portland went 2 for 3 at Sellwood Bridge on Monday however, taking both hatchery fish on slow trolled herring in about 25 feet of water. He was fishing with ace John Shmilenko who tallied number 29 and 30 for the season; about half of what he typically has harvested for this time of year.

Steelhead remain plentiful on the Clackamas River but given the high, cold flows this early in the season, spring chinook are likely to make another late season showing this year. River flows on the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers are scheduled to rise through the weekend, making them both poor options for salmon and steelhead. Plunkers stand the best chance to take fish under these conditions but trollers working the lower ΒΌ mile of the Sandy can take upper Columbia bound chinook this time of year.

Caution is advised on the McKenzie as the water level came up late last week. While water color has remained fair, it was too high early this week to fish well. Summer steelhead have been taken on jigs, spinners and flies.

A few summers have been taken on the South Santiam but it’s early yet for best results. A few were reported over the weekend on the North Santiam as well.

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OREGON: Steelhead Drifting with Salmon Eggs is your Best Bet

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The Rivers are starting to drop into shape and the Winter Steelhead in the Portrland area streams and Tillamook Bay rivers are all ready puting out some nice Steelhead drifting with Salmon eggs is your best bet.

Sturgeon fishing is doing great in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers with sand shrimp doing the best.

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OREGON: Southwest – Rock & Jetty Fishing is Both Productive & Hazardous…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Rock and jetty fishing is both productive and hazardous at this time of year. While there are plenty of rockfish, sea-going perch and even lingcod just a short cast away, winter wave action can be dangerous. Check conditions ahead of time and keep a constant eye on the water.

Ocean conditions are expected to be very rough this week with combined seas over 20 feet.

Winter storms and high water will put coastal rivers out of shape this week but this surge of fresh water will pass, waters will recede, and, when this occurs, many ocean tributaries will contain fresh winter steelhead.

Umpqua levels increased sharply over the past weekend and as with other southwest streams, will be highest on Thanksgiving Day. Even prior to the blowout, fishing was slow.

Chinook fishing, which has slowed over the past couple of weeks at Coos Bay and in the lower Coquille, is out of the question this week. Winter storms will undoubtedly dump enough fresh water into bays and estuaries to drive Dungeness out to sea.

With the Rogue level and flow predicted to more than double into Thursday this week, it will be a while before this larger river recovers from the storm sufficiently to fish again. The first to find success after the freshet will be plunkers.

Currently, the Chetco River is rising even more rapidly than forecasted. At this rate, expect flows over 20,000 cfs at Brookings on Thanksgiving Day. While the level is predicted to moderate into the weekend, it remains to be seen if it actually drops to fishable level. When it does, chinook fishing should be good. Wayne Smith of Yreka, California landed his salmon of a lifetime on November 19th. The 47-inch chinook was estimated to weigh near 65-pounds, landed on a T-55 Hog Nose Flatfish on the lower Chetco River fishing with pro guide Andy Martin

The Elk and Sixes rivers will be the first to recover from the storm.

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OREGON: Most Chinook are Dark Now and Close to Spawning

Friday, November 11th, 2011

With the closure of fishing for salmon from a floating device above Beacon Rock, chinook season on the Columbia near Bonneville is effectively over.

Most chinook are dark now and close to spawning.

Sturgeon season remains open but catches have slowed.

Bank anglers yielded a keeper for about every 10 rods while boat anglers didn’t quite do that good. The bite will likely continue to slow.

Sturgeon anglers fishing downstream of Portland on the mainstem Columbia are still catching a few keepers but that too is likely to slow. Good catch and release sturgeon fishing remains in the Portland Harbor. With the water temperature dropping, fish passage remains low at Willamette Falls. A few coho are being counted along with 15 winter steelhead.

Steelhead passing Willamette Falls beginning November 1st are considered winter-run fish. McKenzie levels have dropped and held steady for several days but this will change with weekend rains. North Santiam levels will be fairly high through November.

Start looking for winters in December. Clackamas water levels are little changed and fishing is slow for mostly dark fish. Many are waiting for winter steelhead. Results have been slow to fair on the Sandy.

The next round of rainfall should improve prospects.

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OREGON: Southwest – Bait Fishers Can Now Feed Salmon Eggs to Steelhead

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Offshore bottom fishing has been excellent when boats have been able to get out. The ocean is closed to crabbing through November.

Trollers in Winchester Bay have been catching fish daily but the number of fish has started to wane. Crabbing is good in the bay.

Chinook fishing has remained steady in the lower Coquille River for boaters trolling herring.

Crabbing is excellent in Coos Bay from boats as well as from the docks although Dungeness are not yet in prime condition. Chinook catches have slowed.

Chinook are in evidence but off the bite on the lower Rogue. Steelheading has been good on the middle river. The flies-only restriction on the Rogue above Shady Cove has ended. Bait fishers can now feed real salmon eggs to steelhead which are dining downstream of spawning chinook. No bait is allowed below Shady Cove to the old Gold Ray Dam site but artificial lures are OK to use in addition to flies.

Brookings area trollers have been making steady catches of chinook. Jetty anglers throwing spoons are also hooking up with a 50-pounder landed last week. The Chetco is scheduled to open above River Mile 2.2 on November 5th but the opening is contingent upon water levels.

While water levels are still fairly low, chinook fishing was very good at the Elk River late last week but slowed as hundreds of anglers stormed the area. The Sixes River is producing fair to good catches of chinook in tidewater.

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OREGON: Best Bite Has Been on Trolled Cut Herring

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The Chinook Salmon fihing has been the best season so far in the last 10 years.

The best bite has been on Trolled Cut Herring and Spinners Some of the Chinooks have been in the 40lb plus size.

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OREGON: Chinook & Coho Hit the Lower Columbia Over the Weekend

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Another shot of both chinook and coho hit the lower Columbia over the weekend. High slack near the Astoria Bridge produced fair catches for the few anglers participating in the fishery. Coho action should heat back up again as the bulk of the second run coho enter the lower river. Crabbing in the lower Columbia is also picking back up again.

Nehalem fishers continue to do best for wild coho as it is one of the last remaining open fisheries on the coast. Biologists expect it to remain open through the weekend but regulation changes can happen at any time, based on effort. Some chinook remain present but are somewhat elusive.

Tillamook anglers continue to deal with eelgrass and seaweed issues, especially on incoming tide. This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if there were good numbers of chinook available but success rates have tapered in recent days. There remains some great opportunities ahead however and catches are likely to pick back up again, maybe by the weekend. There are good numbers of wild coho in the west channel where catch and release anglers are finding consistent action.

The Alsea, Nestucca, Tillamook, Siuslaw and Yaquina are now closed to the take of wild coho as anglers have achieved the allowable quota. These systems remain open for chinook however and are producing some of the best catches in recent years. The Salmon River is starting to slow.

River levels rose mid-week and did draw some salmon into the upper reaches of north coast systems but precipitation wasn’t significant enough to bring in the mother lode.

Crabbing remains good in most north coast estuaries. The ocean will close to recreational crabbing after October 15th. Seas will likely remain too rough for anglers to access through the weekend.

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OREGON: Coho numbers building in the Sandy, spinners & Drifted Yarn have Resulted in Hookups

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Although the wobbler fishing is slowing down for mainstem anglers, Bonneville backtrollers continue to find fair to good success using sardine wrapped plugs in the deep water. This fishery should improve even further into early October although anglers will have to become more choosy as fish near the end of their life-cycle.

The much anticipated fall sturgeon fishery upstream of the Wauna Powerlines begins on October 1st. Anglers may retain 1 keeper sized fish per day from Thursday though Saturday through the end of the year or until the quota has been reached. Fishing is expected to be good. Bonneville typically produces the best catches.

Over 1,000 fall chinook and a similar number of coho have been counted at Willamette Falls as daily numbers increase. The Middle Fork is producing a few steelhead.

Steelhead are hitting spinners on the McKenzie but stay clear of spawning salmon.

Trout fishing is good on the upper North Santiam where chinook are spawning and October Caddis are hatching.

Coho fishing remains slow on the Clackamas although spinner casters lining up at the Bowling alley Hole are taking the occasional fish.

With coho numbers building in the Sandy, spinners and drifted yarn have resulted in a few hookups.

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