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OREGON: Steelhead is Showing Up for Bank Anglers

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Although the Columbia remains open for opportunity, passage numbers have plummeted in the recent week. Catch rates downriver indicate low numbers still to come but jack counts seem very strong in creel census data however. An occasional steelhead is showing up for bank anglers between Portland and Longview.

Beginning Friday, fishery managers will extend the deadline from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam in a decision on Wednesday. This section of river hasn’t been open for years, indicating the level of confidence that fishery managers have that catch rates will remain low enough not to jeopardize impact rates or catch sharing agreements. Fishing will remain challenging in the high flows and use extra caution when anchoring in this area.

A few sturgeon, including oversize, are starting to show in the below Marker 82 fishery. Shad, the primary bait for oversize anglers are starting to trickle over Bonneville Dam so bait collection isn’t easy. The oversize fishery should peak in the coming weeks but effort has faded over the years.

Over 14,000 spring chinook have been counted at Willamette Falls along with roughly 5,500 summer steelhead. Water color and temperature are good in the lower river although high spring flows have fish off the bite. Chinook are being taken daily in the Oregon City area but results aren’t consistent day to day. With the high flows we’re experiencing this year and the fact that only a fraction of the adult salmon have migrated over the falls, fishing should remain good in Oregon City, especially when flows begin to subside.

Expect higher-than normal flows on the McKenzie but trout and steelhead are available to those willing to adapt.

South Santiam plunkers have taken a few spring chinook in high water conditions. Action should build as Willamette Falls passage increases.

Springers are in the lower Clackamas but so are the sea lions. Summer steelhead are scattered.

A few summer steelhead have been taken on the Sandy with the color remaining good.

Springer fishing is slow.

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OREGON: Bottom Fishing Producing Rockfish and Lingcod

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Ocean chinook fishing has been slow to spotty with bottom fishing producing good numbers of rockfish and lingcod. Halibut fishing is open within 240 feet with the next all-depth opportunity taking place Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28.

Crabbing is only fair in Winchester Bay due to freshwater runoff. Striped bass action is fair, sturgeon catches are slow. A few chinook have been taken in the estuary. Spring chinook fishing has been good on the Umpqua mainstem with catches improving on the North Umpqua. South Umpqua fishing will reopen with trout season.

A few striped bass are being taken in Coos Bay and in tidewater on the Coquille with best catches at first and last light or overnight.

Boats launching out of Port Orford for all-depth halibut on May 12-14 did well although offshore conditions were challenging on the 13th. Most charters and many recreational boats took limits with some fish 50 pounds or better.

Spring chinook fishing is slowing on the lower Rogue. Anchor fishing migration lanes with wrapped plugs has been most productive on the middle river. Catches of springers are fair to good on the upper Rogue as chinook push upstream. Wild steelhead and salmon must be released river-wide.

Bottom-fishers launching out of the Port of Brookings have enjoyed excellent results for a variety of rockfish and lingcod along with good catches of dungeness. Ocean chinook season opened south of Humbug Mountain on Saturday, May 14. Fishing for surfperch is good on south coast beaches. Fishing is closed in the Chetco River.

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OREGON: Action for Redsides Keying on Large Salmon Flies

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Action for redsides keying on large salmon flies is just starting on the lower Deschutes. Nymphing has been most effective with occasional action on dries. River flows are swelling in the spring run-off, which will further compromise river conditions.

The Umatilla River has fishable numbers of spring chinook but river flows remain too high for productive fishing. As flows drop, catches will improve.

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OREGON – Southwest – Striped Bass are Being Taken in Coos Bay

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ocean chinook fishing has been slow to spotty with bottom fishing producing good numbers of rockfish and lingcod. Halibut fishing is open within 240 feet with the next all-depth opportunity taking place Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28.

Crabbing is only fair in Winchester Bay due to freshwater runoff. Striped bass action is fair, sturgeon catches are slow. A few chinook have been taken in the estuary. Spring chinook fishing has been good on the Umpqua mainstem with catches improving on the North Umpqua. South Umpqua fishing will reopen with trout season.

A few striped bass are being taken in Coos Bay and in tidewater on the Coquille with best catches at first and last light or overnight.

Boats launching out of Port Orford for all-depth halibut on May 12-14 did well although offshore conditions were challenging on the 13th. Most charters and many recreational boats took limits with some fish 50 pounds or better.

Spring chinook fishing is slowing on the lower Rogue. Anchor fishing migration lanes with wrapped plugs has been most productive on the middle river. Catches of springers are fair to good on the upper Rogue as chinook push upstream. Wild steelhead and salmon must be released river-wide.

Bottom-fishers launching out of the Port of Brookings have enjoyed excellent results for a variety of rockfish and lingcod along with good catches of dungeness. Ocean chinook season opened south of Humbug Mountain on Saturday, May 14. Fishing for surfperch is good on south coast beaches. Fishing is closed in the Chetco River.


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OREGON: Boat Angling will Remain Challenging

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Although sport anglers are appreciative for the extended opportunity on the mainstem Columbia, flows are very high, keeping fish on the move and not motivated to bite. Bank anglers working the Rainier stretch were picking up fair numbers of salmon and steelhead in the higher flows. Boat angling will remain challenging.

Adults continue to cross Bonneville Dam in good numbers but jack counts look very promising for next years adult returns. A few shad are beginning to cross the facility as well.

Spring chinook are crossing Willamette Falls by the hundreds every day. Summer steelhead counts remain good. Spring chinook catches on the lower river have been well worth the trip. Despite high water, Oregon City anglers continue to fare well using smaller clusters of eggs and plugs along the shoreline, where flows aren’t as strong.

McKenzie fly anglers have been doing well for cutthroat and redsides. Nymphs and attractor patterns are most effective in water that’s higher than seasonal average and likely to stay that way for a while.

The entire Santiam system remains too high to fish well although summer steelhead are available with better odds on the South Santiam which is forecast to be dropping. Watch out for a log jam at the confluence.

Fish low on the Clackamas for the best chance of hooking a chinook or steelhead. Sea lions have been eating springers as far upriver as High Rocks.

Anglers on the Sandy are catching a few summer steelhead and spring chinook but it’s been slow. Although only a fair run is in the forecast, peak season is upon us.

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OREGON: Bottom Fishing has Been Worthwhile

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Bottom fishing has been worthwhile off the central Oregon coast with near-limits the rule for rockfish along with a few lingcod. Halibut may be taken seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line with all-depth fishing opening Thursday through Saturday this week.

Crabbing has produced only fair results in Winchester Bay. Spring chinook catches have picked up on the Umpqua mainstem. North Umpqua steelheading is fair while the South Umpqua remains closed.

Little effort for ocean chinook has taken place out of Charleston. Crabbing has been fair with best results in the lower bay.

Boats crossing the bar out of Gold Beach have experienced good fishing for rockfish and fair to good ling catches when offshore wind has allowed access. Ocean salmon fishing was a bust for the most part over the past week. Spring chinook are being hooked daily on the lower Rogue although more wild fish are showing up in catches. Results have slowed as the water clears. Fishing for springers has been fair on the middle river. Upper Rogue steelheaders are catching a fair to good number of fish with many in decent condition for this time of year.

Offshore bottom fishing has been rewarding for boats launching out of the Port of Brookings with charter and recreational anglers taking limits. Ocean chinook fishing will open on Saturday, May 14th. Surf perch fishing has been good off area beaches.

Diamond Lake anglers will have to wait for the spring thaw as ice covering the water has become too soft to walk on. Hopes are high for Memorial Day weekend.

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OREGON: Southwest – Bottom Fishing has Been Worthwhile

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Bottom fishing has been worthwhile off the central Oregon coast with near-limits the rule for rockfish along with a few lingcod. Halibut may be taken seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line with all-depth fishing opening Thursday through Saturday this week.

Crabbing has produced only fair results in Winchester Bay. Spring chinook catches have picked up on the Umpqua mainstem. North Umpqua steelheading is fair while the South Umpqua remains closed.

Little effort for ocean chinook has taken place out of Charleston. Crabbing has been fair with best results in the lower bay.

Boats crossing the bar out of Gold Beach have experienced good fishing for rockfish and fair to good ling catches when offshore wind has allowed access. Ocean salmon fishing was a bust for the most part over the past week. Spring chinook are being hooked daily on the lower Rogue although more wild fish are showing up in catches. Results have slowed as the water clears. Fishing for springers has been fair on the middle river. Upper Rogue steelheaders are catching a fair to good number of fish with many in decent condition for this time of year.

Offshore bottom fishing has been rewarding for boats launching out of the Port of Brookings with charter and recreational anglers taking limits. Ocean chinook fishing will open on Saturday, May 14th. Surf perch fishing has been good off area beaches.

Diamond Lake anglers will have to wait for the spring thaw as ice covering the water has become too soft to walk on. Hopes are high for Memorial Day weekend.

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OREGON: Northwest – Steelheaders Employing Stealth Techniques

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

With waters getting low and clear, steelheaders employing stealth techniques are still getting late winter steelhead on the Wilson and Nestucca Rivers. Bank anglers have an advantage in these lower flows but must target fish higher in the watersheds. Most winter fish are turning dark but a few bright winter fish are still present with a few summer run fish on their heels.

Still no glowing reports of spring chinook although one was reported at the Trask hatchery last week. One reliable report from upper Tillamook Bay had a local netting a chinook on Monday that spewed eggs in the bottom of the boat, indicating a late run fall fish. The fish was returned to the water but definitely an anomaly. Better tides will occur the week after this one.

Sturgeon are still being reported from the middle and lower bay on Tillamook. They should be easy targets in this weeks minus tide series.

Bay clamming should be easy on most coastal estuaries. Razor clamming has been challenging along Oregon beaches but if the surf calms, digging should improve.

Calm seas are in the forecast for Friday only. Bottomfishing should be excellent. Crabbing will be challenging and the offshore forecast is calling for rough water again by the weekend.

All-depth halibut season opens today north of Cape Falcon for three days per week, Thursday through Saturday. South of Falcon, nearshore (inside of 40 fathoms) opened on May 1st. Halibut often come close to shore this time of year to feed on softshell dungeness crab. The first all-depth fishery in this zone opens on May 12 – 14.

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OREGON: Fishing Has Been Fair on The Clackamas River

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

After two additional fishing extensions, the lower Columbia River is now closed to spring chinook. Fishery managers decided on the hard closure last week as numbers continue to just trickle over Bonneville Dam. More opportunity may come in May but dam passage must jump significantly to begin the conversation. Success rates remained fair at best prior to the closure but bank anglers fared well under the high water conditions. The Columbia above Bonneville remains open through Sunday, April 24th.

Willamette flow was up on Tuesday this week with visibility reduced to 1.5 feet and water temperature down to 48 degrees. Plunking may be the best bet until it clears. Passage of spring chinook and steelhead remains fair. Good action was witnessed near St. Johns prior to the rise in river levels. Now is the traditional peak for spring chinook on the Willamette but with the late run timing, the best action may still be a few weeks away.

McKenzie water levels, high at mid-week, will be falling until the next round of rainfall. Prospects will be good when anglers catch a break with March Browns on the hatch.

Fishing has been fair on the Clackamas River with spinners and jigs taking steelhead. Sandy fishing has been slow. It’s too early to target spring chinook in these rivers but that will change in May and action should continue into June with the high spring flow.

There are decent numbers of steelhead in the Santiam system. Try the South Santiam for the best chance of a hookup with an early hatchery summer fish.

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OREGON: Lake Selmac Fishing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Three guys fished for about eight hours and we tried several different things ie.

Spinnerbiats, jigs, dropshotting and senkos. Caught the only two fish (pound and a half)on white flukes.The wind was constant but it was sunny.

I think it will get better when the water temp goes up.

Still had a great time.


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