Oregon Fishing Reports

The Guides Forecast
Portland/Metro Fishing Report – With most metro fisheries on the drop, anglers are heading west to take advantage of the lower Columbia River bounty, or ocean or Nehalem options this time of year. Salmon fishing is entering early peak season right now.

Anchor anglers and trollers will also soon come into the fray, diligently watching fish passage counts as counts climb by the day. It won’t be long before they motivate enough to get out after these quality Chinook. Be very careful however, restrictions are more complex this year. Go HERE to review before you fish the Columbia.

Clackamas River Fishing Report – Summer steelhead remain the best option for anglers on the Clackamas. Although fewer fresh fish are expected to show in the coming weeks. It won’t be long before coho make an appearance. Moderation of temperatures will be a short, but welcome reprieve for metro anglers, but in all honesty, you won’t have much competition.

Sandy River Fishing Report – Avid angler Jeff Stoeger reports, “I hope that you were able to get out and beat the heat wave that keeps on giving. There have been some good catches even with the very off-color water conditions we’ve been experiencing. The rest of this week we should see the river clear somewhat, for the temperatures are going to run in the mid 80’s until the start of new week when temperature will climb back into the 90’s.

Also, you need to make sure you don’t have any extra gear, rods, tools, or anything of value. There have been reports that cars and truck break-ins have been on the increase off the beaten path. So be safe out there. Wishing everyone the best of luck and tight lines.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Sandy and the Clackamas from this page here.

North Coast Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery is off and running. Here is our detailed report from today, Thursday, August 11th:


Buoy 10 Fishing Report
As for other north coast hot spots, overall catch rates for most north coast ports remained somewhat similar to the previous weeks. Catches averaged 0.74 retained salmon per angler last week, with Depoe Bay leading the score board and Garibaldi a VERY close 2nd with 1.07 and 1.06 keepers/angler last week. Chinook catches have declined.

Quality Chinook are still being tallied at Nehalem Bay, as we enter the peak season for this fishery, coinciding with the Buoy 10 fishery. Minus tides in the morning haven’t been good for the fishery, but the afternoon flood, and subsequent outgoing tide have been producing the best results.

Be aware of complex fall Chinook seasons on most north coast systems. Tillamook Bay is open for the taking of hatchery fish only. Read all about it HERE.

Tuna is on the minds of many, and for good reason. It’s game on out of many ports. It’s still a run, but a reasonable one, especially with the calm seas forecasted ahead. Go HERE to see what the Salty Dogs say about “Albies” on the iFish thread.

Newport by far, produced the best summer all-depth catches. There’s TONS of quota left for both the summer all-depth and nearshore fisheries however, despite ODF&W’s fuzzy math on the summer all-depth quota stating there’s only 67% remaining…

The Siletz and Wilson remain the best freshwater options for summer steelhead seekers. Fish high up in the watershed, where waters are cooler and fish less timid.

Sea-run cutthroat fishing is only going to get better this month and next.

See the full report and forecast for Members right here.

Willamette River System Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Green Peter Reservoir: Fishing well for kokes up to about 12 inches. Best fishing now in the Quartzville Arm over the past week. Trolling at 50 feet down.

Fishing near the mouth of Quartzville Creek for trout can be effective. Trout have been stocked in Quartzville Creek.

Quartzville Creek: Nice catches of larger hatchery trout from this past weekend. Fish the early mornings.

Quartzville Creek is open all year. Quartzville was stocked in May with 4400 legal size trout, and stocked early July with 2200 trout. Quartzille Creek was just stocked again last week.

North Santiam Trout and Steelhead: The North Santiam received 2,200 legal size trout two weeks ago.

The upper portions are in shape and fishing well…..cool waters that are safe to fish in the heat. Nymphing with perdigons and caddis pupae are producing. Dry fly searches with light cahills and purple haze are resultin in trout. Marion Forks area fishing well.

The North Santiam below Detroit, like other Willamette system rivers, is starting to receive good numbers of steelhead, wild steelhead, higher than recent years. I have a report from the previous week of spey anglers who had one hookup with two angling hours.

Willamette River – Middle Fork:

Cedar Creek Fire is under control, but watch for continued possible road closures.

Various parts of the Middle Fork has been good. The Middle Fork is steady currently at 2140 CFS. These are fishable flow rates. Water temperatures is 57 to 64 degrees.

Find the full report and forecast for Members on the Willamette Valley/Metro from this page here.

Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Deschutes Steelhead Reopens Next Week. Columbia Gorge Walleye and Bass Are Awesome. Cool Water Locales Still Are Great Options – Metolius River, Fall River, The Upper McKenzie and The Highest Lakes.

Lower Deschutes River:


The Lower Deschutes is steady near the dam, with flows of 3620 CFS in Madras and 4430 CFS at Moody. Water access is good.

Temperatures on the lower portions of the river are in the 56 to 58 range at Madras, with PGE with continued lower temps from the bottom draw from the dam, and 65 to 70 degree range near Moody.

Middle Deschutes River: There is a mix of PEDs, PMDs, and some caddis on the river from Bend to Steelhead Falls. Coolest cooler water temps in the Steelhead Falls area from the Whychus Creek inflow and some springs.

Upper Deschutes River: The upper Deschutes from Little Lava to Crane Prairie has been fishing well with good water levels. This is a good cool water refuge location with the incoming hot weather again.

Lake Billy Chinook: Smallmouth are going strong – but no new reports since the heatwave began.

Crooked River: The Crooked River continues fishing well. Fish up the first few miles below the dam for the best opportunities and cooler water in this heat wave.

And yet there is a lot more for Members. Check out Glenn’s detailed reports and forecasts right here for Chinook and Steelhead Members both!

SW Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Jeff Rome reports:

Rogue Bay fall Chinook action is in full swing now. Boat traffic trolling around the dredge has increased with anglers scoring some nice fish. There are good numbers of fish, and this past week has been very good with a 42-pounder caught!

Summer steelhead are now throughout the Rogue River, but the 100-degree days have mostly seen more rafters and floaters than anglers.

Crabbing is great out of Winchester Bay as is some nice Chinook catches out in the ocean.

Small mouth bass action is excellent on the lower south and north Umpqua.

The Coquille River is good for smallmouth bass now

Lost creek lake continues to produce nice catches of trout despite warmer water temp and boat traffic. The best time is before noon during weekdays.

Fall like calm ocean conditions since last weekend has brought much enjoyment to those able to be on the ocean for some good fishing action. The outlook for the weekend also looks favorable out of most Southern Oregon ports especially in the mornings.

Andy Martin- Brookings Fishing Charters 541-813-1082 reports that this has been decent for halibut and a 75 pounder was even caught!

Salmon, both Chinook and coho out in the ocean has been very slow and not really worth trying for them right now Andy says. It’s better to join the crowd up at Gold Beach and troll the Rogue Bay where some nice fish have been caught.

Surf perch and crabbing has still been productive.

Coos and Coquille river basins: As weather and wind permit, jetty fishing from bank and boaters have been doing well for rock fish, surf perch and ling cod. Fishing the lakes and ponds that have been stocked early this year are fishing fair for stocked trout. As the water is warming with the summer weather, success will be better in the morning and in the cooler areas of these lakes. Bass fishing has picked up in Tenmile lakes. Chinook and coho salmon catches have been fair between the jettys of lower Coos Bay and the lower estuary.

Jeff’s detailed report, multiple lake updates, and forecast in this week’s version for Members!
 
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