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OREGON: Best Fishing is Taking Place from Portland to Longview

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Willamette Valley/Metro

Although inconsistent day to day, the wobbler fishery around Portland is underway. The best fishing is taking place from Portland to Longview with some hoglines consistently out-producing others. Veteran anglers expected better results on the current tide series but better action is likely to happen next week. Action is reported as good at the mouth of the Cowlitz.

The gorge is predictably slow for salmon, even though thousands are pouring over the dam daily. Summer steelhead counts are beginning to slow and so is the action. Larger, “B” run fish will begin to make a showing but warmer water temperatures keep these quality fish from biting on the mainstem.

Water temperatures at Willamette Falls is approaching 72 degrees. Fish upriver for bass which is good; trout success is only fair.

Trout fishing is worthwhile on the McKenzie with Caddis the primary hatch. Summer steelhead are available but most springers are dark.

Despite indications otherwise, North Santiam flows will increase starting September 1st. Salmon are due to spawn.

The Clackamas is low, clear and very slow for fishing. Coho may begin to show at the mouth and lower drifts although Clackamas coho are notoriously known for not biting all that well this far up the system.

A few steelhead are being taken from the milky waters of the Sandy where most chinook are past their prime. Coho should begin to show with the peak likely in early October. Returning numbers are not forecasted to be large however.

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OREGON: Target 15 to 20 foot of Water Using Spinners with Coon Shrimp

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Although counts at Bonneville are ramping up for salmon, catch rates remain subdued in the gorge as fish are more likely to pass upstream in the warmer water temperatures. There will be occasional flurries of action but the more consistent fishing is likely to happen later in September and October when water temperatures begin to drop.

Steelhead action has also slowed with the warming temperatures but remains a very viable option for both bank and boat anglers working the Bonneville area. Fish are typically traveling in deeper lanes however; target 15 to 20 foot of water using spinners tipped with coon shrimp right on the bottom.

Downstream, boaters working wobblers on the outgoing tide are beginning to show promising catches of fall chinook in the Portland to Longview stretch, particularly around the mouth of the Cowlitz. Although this fishery is still weeks away from peaking, a strong early showing is to be expected with the large run predicted this year.

Daily Chinook and steelhead counts have fallen to single digits in the 70-degree water at Willamette Falls. Bass fishing is good above the Falls.

Fly anglers are enjoying steady results in stable water conditions on the McKenzie with flurries of activity early and late in the day.

Fishing is near standstill on the Sandy with the river milky due to glacial runoff.

Steelheading has been fair at times on the Clackamas with early mornings the only chance to fish.

Steelheading has been slow on the North Santiam with conditions best at Packsaddle. South Santiam prospects are somewhat better.

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OREGON: Boats Out of Gold Beach Have Been Scoring Limits of Rockfish

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

A few chinook have been taken at the Winchester Bay jaws contingent upon ocean conditions. Bay crabbing has been slow to fair with sorting of softshells required. A few chinook have been caught at Reedsport but it’s early for this fishery although the occasional fish has been caught in the lower mainstem. Steelheading remains good in the North Umpqua with smallmouth bass fishing only fair in the South Umpqua due to lower than normal water temperatures.

Charleston coho anglers experienced an improvement in catches offshore over the past week. Ocean crabbing has been fair although some are soft. Check regulations for upcoming closures.

Boats out of Gold Beach have been scoring limits of rockfish and lingcod when offshore conditions have allowed safe crossing. Trollers in Rogue Bay have done well on some days although chinook have been going off the bite periodically. Fall chinook are upriver in higher than normal water conditions with boaters using plugs to take them as high as Galice. Summer steelhead and half-pounder catches are improving in the lower river. While chinook fishing is over in the upper Rogue, summer steelheading has been good and should hold up for a while.

Ocean chinook fishing has picked up out of the Port of Brookings over the past week. As salmon appeared only a few miles offshore and offshore conditions moderated, the bite was actually good at times. Bottomfishers reaped offshore rewards of rockfish, lingcod and the occasional pacific halibut. Tropical ocean water temperatures have been far offshore, preventing recreational tuna fishers from pursuing them but that situation may soon change. Surf perch fishers have been taking limits casting from area beaches. The Chetco River is closed to all fishing above River Mile 2.2.

The blue-green algae advisory remains in place at Diamond Lake. Fishing has been worthwhile but trout should be skinned before cooking.

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OREGON: Anglers are Encouraged (but not required) to Use Barbless Hooks

Monday, August 15th, 2011

COQUILLE RIVER BASIN  (trout, Dungeness crab, chinook salmon,)

Trout fishing is now open in most area streams. Artificial flies and lures must be used in streams above tidewater. Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Coquille River from the USFS boundary near Powers up to Coquille River Falls is closed to all fishing, including the tributaries in this section.

Most area streams have native cutthroat trout. If planning to catch and release, anglers are encouraged (but not required) to use barbless hooks and fish when temperatures are cooler, to minimize mortality.

There have been a few chinook salmon caught recently from Bandon up to Rocky Point on the Coquille River. Salmon fishing has been best on incoming tides using cut plug herring behind a flasher.

Crabbing has been decent on the lower Coquille estuary. The better crabbing areas are downstream of the Highway 101 Bridge.

DIAMOND LAKE (rainbow trout)

The algae advisory for Diamond Lake was lifted Aug. 9. Fishing remained about the same this past weekend. The hatches are still occurring so anglers are competing with natural food for catching trout. Anglers are still having success trolling, fishing PowerBait off the bottom, or by matching the hatch with flies. Fishing the south end is becoming increasingly more successful as the water temperatures increase and the trout seek cooler areas.

Oregon
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OREGON: Anglers Lit Up the Summer Steelhead Over the Weekend

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Willamette Valley/Metro

Columbia River Gorge anglers lit up the summer steelhead over the weekend with some boats reporting double digit opportunities. On average, boaters working the swift water took a whopping 2.4 steelhead per boat with the bulk of those fish of wild origin. The action is good but be prepared to release fish; only steelhead and adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks may be retained through August 1st.

August 1st marks the opener of the mainstem for chinook with or without an adipose fin-clip. Although action won’t heat up for several more weeks, steelheaders that incidentally hook an adult chinook will be allowed to retain it. Steelhead action, particularly in the gorge, is likely to remain excellent as peak passage at Bonneville is still to come.

Chinook and steelhead numbers at Willamette Falls have moderated to a little over 100 per day for each species. Over 41,000 springers and about 20,000 summers have been counted this season. Fly fishers are doing well on the Middle Fork for trout and steelhead.

The entire McKenzie River is in excellent shape and fishing well. Results are best on days with cloud cover or early and late when it’s sunny.

The North Santiam is expected to show a marked improvement in steelhead results in late July and early August.

Clackamas anglers are taking a few summers with first light fishing most productive.

A few steelhead and springers are being hooked at first light on the Sandy. The upper reaches between Dodge Park and Cedar Creek are producing the best for anglers using small baits or spinners.

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OREGON: Smallmouth Bass Fishing has Turned On in the South Umpqua

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Southwest
– Ocean-bound boaters out of Winchester Bay found albacore over the past weekend at just over 25 miles to catch all they could carry back to port. Very few coho have been taken outside of Winchester and crabbing is slow. Steelheading is worthwhile in the North Umpqua while smallmouth bass fishing has turned on in the South Umpqua.

Tuna fishers out of Charleston enjoyed good fishing last weekend with most boats landing good numbers.

Offshore bottom fishing has been hot or cold one day to the next out of Gold beach with easy limits one day and only a few opportunities the next. Ocean crabbing has been fair but steady. Salmon fishing in Rogue Bay fell off over the past week as chinook catches picked up in the lower river due to good flows of cool water, a non-typical event in July. Fishing is poor in the middle river but the upper Rogue has continued to put out springers and summer steelhead.

While central and northern Oregon ports have been bagging albacore for weeks, boats launching from the south have had to cover a lot of water to find tuna. Over the past week, however, warm, blue water moved nearer to shore, enabling recreational craft to make good catches out of Brookings fewer than 20 miles out. Mild offshore conditions contributed to boater success although didn’t help chinook and coho fishing which has been poor.

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OREGON: Strong Late Return of Spring Chinook

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Surprisingly, the summer chinook run passing Bonneville Dam is winding down. After such a late run of other salmonids on the mainstem, it seems the summer run of chinook is about on target. As chinook numbers wane, steelhead numbers are increasing daily but only boats in the lower section of the river are recording decent catches. Anglers are more likely to target steelhead in the gorge as flows continue to drop and salmon numbers fade.

Lower Willamette level, flow and clarity is stable. Fish passage remains good as hundreds of chinook and steelhead are crossing daily. About 40,000 springers and 18,000 summers had been counted as of the first week in July but success rates are finally dropping off in the Multnomah Channel after a great spring catch.

McKenzie water levels are a little above seasonal average but the river is fishing well for fly anglers matching daily hatches.

Water temperatures and levels dropped on the South Santiam over the past week, improving results for summer steelhead. Trout fishing is good on the North Santiam with attractor pattern flies.

The Clackamas should have summer steelhead available at this time of year but results have been slow.

The ODFW assured anglers this week that a “strong” late return of spring chinook is expected to the Sandy and that anglers will start reaping rewards’ of this run in July, continuing through the summer months. Adults are most likely to hold in the upper reaches, from Dodge Park to the mouth of the Salmon River. Only fin-clipped fish may be retained.

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OREGON: Quality Sized Keepers are Coming from Tongue Point

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

With the extension of the catch and keep sturgeon fishery on the lower Columbia through July 31st, opportunity for a productive combo salmon/sturgeon/bottomfishing trip is a rare opportunity. Some quality sized keepers are coming from Tongue Point to Hammond with most anglers scoring on sand shrimp.

Calm seas and mild tides yielded good catches of bottomfish to sunken jetty anglers on Monday. A rough ocean forecast will make this a poor option over the weekend.

Coho salmon season started good for anglers fishing way north of the mouth of the Columbia. Some chinook were in the catches but nice sized coho willingly took herring or anchovies for bait.

Ocean crabbing is poor for keeper sized males.

A big minus tide will make bar crossings treacherous this weekend but beach diggers shouldn’t have any trouble getting a limit of razor clams along Clatsop Beaches. Only a few weeks left before this season closes for a few months.

A few spring chinook are still being caught in Tillamook Bay but the bulk of the fish are in the Trask and Wilson Rivers. The hatchery hole on the Trask closes on June 30th and is filled with fish. Springers are available in other sections of both streams but will be reluctant to bite in the low, clear flows.

The Nestucca is also an option but returns have just been fair this season. Summer steelhead are also available here.

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OREGON: Chetco Anglers are Scoring Sea-run Cutthroat Trout

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

With 57% remaining in the spring all-depth halibut quota following the June 2nd through 4th fishery, it’s very likely an additional opening will be available after the opener last week. June 23rd, 24th and 25th is the next scheduled opportunity off the central coast. Offshore salmon fishing has been fair.

Chinook catch rates are slow to fair on the lower Rogue and somewhat better on the middle stretch. The upper river has continued to produce steady catches of springers and remains the best bet for a hookup. Expect continued high water levels.

Try beaches where waves break near shore for surf perch. Clams, shrimp and even nightcrawlers will take them.

Winchester Bay is slow to fair for crabbing. Spring chinook are being caught in the mainstem and North Umpqua. Sunny days will be best for shad on the mainstem as the water level continues to drop.

Boats launching out of Brookings have caught lingcod and limits of large rockfish when ocean conditions cooperated. Fishing has been excellent. Chetco anglers are scoring good numbers of sea-run cutthroat trout. Only artificial lures are allowed above tidewater.

The catch rate per angler fell over the past weekend at Diamond Lake due to tremendous pressure with no license required. The coming weekend promises improvement.


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OREGON: June 11-12 is Free Fishing Weekend

Friday, June 10th, 2011

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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