Coastal steelheading should be coming In this weekend, springers on hold with rising Willamette

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Sep 17, 2020
Coastal Steelheading Should Be Coming In This Weekend, Springers On Hold With Rising Willamette

Willamette Valley/Metro –
Willamette River anglers will be on hold for the near future, their home base is on the rise and dirtying as we speak. When flows drop, the Sultan of Sellwood (John Shmilenko) states, “I feel very confident on the next drop.” That won’t be until the middle of next week.

The Columbia has yet to see a springer by sport angler or by hydropower passage. It’s early and like with steelhead, temperatures dictate migration, and it’s cold out there.

Metro steelheaders are still struggling, especially on the Clackamas River. After a small shot of hatchery steelhead about 10 days ago, the returns have dried up, but upriver migration is hard to gauge in rising flows and dropping water temperatures. There’s still a lot of winter steelhead season to go, but anglers are being realistic.

Pro guide Jeff Stoeger (503-704-7920) of O2BFISHN reports, “Hello All. Well there isn’t much to talk about this week. The Sandy for most of the week was flowing ice the entire river. It was difficult to fish from a boat and from the bank because of all the ice and snow and slippery banks with ice and snow conditions with the weather forecast for warmer weather things will go back to normal. The river went up over 12ft and is on the drop. So best of luck and tight lines.

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At least air temperatures are rising; that will bring more fish out of their reluctant state of motivation.

North Coast Fishing Report – We’re in peak season for north coast steelheaders and anglers are struggling for consistent results. The Wilson and Nestucca should fish well this weekend, whether there’s fish present or not. The lack of 2-salt fish (7 to 9 pounders) remains a mystery. Some quality broodstock and wild fish are falling for anglers putting in the effort however, hopefully we meet broodstock needs.


Doug Anderson (left) with his son and Pro Guide Kent Anderson with a 17-pound Nestucca broodstock steelhead commemorating Doug’s 82nd birthday.

Wild fish should make a good showing on the Kilchis, Trask, Wilson and other systems on the north coast. Smaller systems should fish well by Friday, the larger ones just in time for the weekend fleet.

The Nehalem will remain out of reach, but should have fish present at tributary mouths.

There should still be some spawned out kelts in the early season streams (NF Nehalem, Necanicum, Big and Gnat Creeks, Klaskanine River and Three Rivers too).

The Alsea will remain challenging, while the Siletz should produce fair catches this weekend.

The commercial crab fleet is in the water so the lower Columbia will be hit hard with effort and catch and for those rare fleeting moments for salt water anglers, better plan on lighter pots.

It doesn’t look like bottomfishing will be a great option in the foreseeable future either.

Central and Eastern Oregon Fishing Reports – From avid angler Tim Moran:

Hello everyone! hopefully everyone got through the crazy weather last week and you can all put the chainsaw, snow shovel, ice axe, cramp-ons etc. away and get the fishing gear back out!! This time of year the fishing forecast is tied to the weather forecast and things are looking up for the next several days! If you’re coming over the pass from the west, driving should be much improved and if you live on the east side, the rivers and a few lakes should be pretty accessible. Saturday looks dry at this point with highs in the low 40’s. I’ll take that! Monday through Wednesday looks great with a little sun and mid 40’s to 50!

The Metolius should produce Rainbows and a few Browns on nymphs from around 10am on. There should be periods of decent dry fly action on Blue WIng Olives too. The Metolius, Fall, Crooked and Deschutes should all have fair to good fly fishing this week.

Prineville and Ochoco Reservoirs are top winter performers and with the warmer days coming, these waters should produce.

Kokanee fishing can be pretty good in winter as the fish tend to stay higher up in the water column. Lake Billy Chinook is a great place to target winter kokes.

Checking in with shops in NE Oregon, fishing has been tough on the Grande Ronde, Wallowa and Imnaha with cold temps, snow and intermittent warm periods with high muddy flows. Looks like fishing is pretty much at a stand still until Spring over there.

In SE Oregon, The Ana River has been good for Rainbows to 17 inches. The river stays ice free and is great for a day’s drift. BWO’s and small nymphs are the go-to flies here.

Well, that’s the report for this week. If you’re like me you’re tired of snow, ice fires, Covid, politics, closures and you NEED to get out and go fishing…Here’s to hoping you all make it out !

SW Oregon Fishing Report – From Avid angler Tim Moran:

A check in with a few local shops in the Roseburg and Grants Pass area report winter steelhead fishing on the middle and upper Rogue has picked up noticeably in the last few weeks! At present time, the river is blown out and will be until early next week, but we should see pretty consistent fishing next week with it just getting better through mid April or so.

The Umpqua River has been very good too and guides are getting fish in the main river and the south fork. Fish to 15 pounds have been caught this year, and there will be plenty more to come as fishing will get better through early April up there!

The coastal rivers have all picked up quite a bit in the last few weeks for winter steelhead too, so it’s GAME ON for winter steelhead fishing through April!
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