Posts Tagged ‘Spring Chinook’

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: 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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WASHINGTON STATE: Spring Chinook and Rare Summer Steelhead are Being Taken

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Most district streams remain poor options for salmon and steelhead with the exception of the Cowlitz. Spring chinook and a rare summer steelhead are being taken.

Mainstem fishing near the mouths of these tributaries should begin to produce fair numbers of steelhead in the coming weeks. Salmon fishing these areas has been fair for much of the spring but with mainstem temperatures remaining cool, migrating adults have little reason to seek refuge in the lower stretches of these systems.

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WASHINGTON: Klickitat River is Improving for Spring Chinook

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The Cowlitz remains the best bet for spring chinook and action is peaking now through the end of this month. The Kalama and Lewis are also fair bets for chinook but summer steelhead should begin making a stronger showing.

The Wind River and Drano Lake fisheries began to slow as fish continue to make their way upstream on the mainstem Columbia and Little White Salmon Rivers. Jacks made up a notable portion of the catch.

The Klickitat River is improving for spring chinook and could peak this week depending on river flows.

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